What a twerk.
Ada Hegerberg, the first female winner of the Ballon d’Or (Golden Ball) as soccer’s player of the year, was asked an incredibly inappropriate question as she stood on stage during the award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.
“Do you know how to twerk?” French DJ Martin Solveig asked the Olympique Lyonnais star.
Solveig’s question drew an almost immediate red card from social media and Hegerberg dismissed his inappropriate query with a quick, “Non.”
The host offered up the usual lame excuses after the star-studded affair in the French capital.
“It was a joke,” Solveig initially offered up to The Associated Press. “You must have a bit of a sense of humor.”
But after learning how he had stolen the spotlight from the 23-year-old Norwegian forward, he sought her out and then tweeted “sincere apologies.”
He also added a video message:
“I didn’t mean to offend anyone and I didn’t know that this could be seen as such an offense,” Solveig said.
But offend he did as what should have been a great step forward for the women’s game turned into yet another example of how little respect some have for the women in the game.
“Why do woman still have to put up with that shit?” asked tennis star Andy Murray on Instagram. “What questions did they ask mbappe and modric? I’d imagine something to do with football.
“And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke.. It wasn’t. I’ve been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal.”
Hegerberg, who is a three-time winner of the Women’s Champions League with French club Lyon, is already using her star power to fight for change in her home country.
She told the AP that she won’t be playing in the Women’s World Cup in France in 2019 because she doesn’t feel that the Norwegian federation is doing enough to support the women’s game.
“It’s all about how we respect women’s football,” Hegerberg told the AP. “I don’t think the respect has been there. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions to stay true to yourself.”
She hasn’t played for the national team since 2017.
Hegerberg also used her acceptance speech to encourage girls around the globe.
“I want to say thanks to France Football. It’s a huge step for women’s football,” Hegerberg said. “I want to end this speech with a message to all young girls in the world. Believe in yourselves.”
Yep, and better be ready to fend off another jerk wanting to step all other your moment.