Shock as first women's Ballon d'Or winner asked to twerk on stage
French DJ Martin Solveig received a huge backlash after asking the winner of the first women's football award if she could twerk.
Norwegian footballer Ada Hegerberg won the first woman player of the year award at the Ballon d'Or in Paris on Monday. After she arrived on stage to receive her award, Solveig asked the 23-year-old if she could twerk.
Hegerberg laughed at the question and simply replied "no". Despite her calm response, the public did not take Solveig's question well and accused him of being sexist.
The DJ later issued a statement on his Twitter account, apologising for offending anyone. "People who follow me for 20 years know how respectful I am, especially to women."
He further posted a picture of himself with Hegerberg and the Golden Ball trophy at the award show, saying that the footballer understood that it was a joke.
Solveig's apology got a mixed reaction on social media.
#martinsolveig I asked my fiancee last week if she knew how to twerk. OMG gazillions of people on Twitter were outraged on her behalf when even SHE knew it was a joke. Also, I didn't ask her TO twerk, I asked her if she "KNEW HOW TO TWERK". FFS world, grow up!— MrSteveHarris (@MrSteveHarris) December 4, 2018
Any time someone does something racist or sexist, they show up later and say that they did not want to offend anyone. Who cares if someone gets offended or not? What you do is simply wrong for so many reasons. Get a grip for once. Just for once! #martinsolveig #adahegerberg— Yusuf Yuksekdag (@yusuf_y) December 4, 2018