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First Women’s Ballon d’Or Winner Ada Hegerberg Asked to Twerk on Stage, Twitter Shouts 'No'

Hegerberg said Solveig also apologized to her personally, even though "I wasn't upset."

Shantanu David | News18.com

Updated:December 4, 2018, 11:05 AM IST
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First Women’s Ballon d’Or Winner Ada Hegerberg Asked to Twerk on Stage, Twitter Shouts 'No'
Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg celebrates with the Women's Ballon d'Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. (Image: AP)

It was supposed to be a night of many firsts, a celebration that was more inclusive and which (finally) acknowledged the achievements of women in a sport traditionally entrenched in testosterone and machismo. Three guess on what it ended up being.

Yes, Croatian Luka Modric did finally win football’s pre-eminent prize for individual achievement, finally ending the decade-long duopoly of it being awarded to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. That was the one positive note.

After asking the first woman to win the Ballon d'Or if she twerked even as she was accepting her trophy, French DJ Martin Solveig then said sorry.

Even though Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg said she hadn't been offended by the twerking question during Monday's award ceremony, Solveig still apologized on Twitter after his comment caused a social media stir.

He tweeted, "I didn't know that this could be seen as such an offense," and added: "This was a joke, probably a bad one."

A clip from the ceremony of the DJ asking the 23-year-old Norwegian if she could twerk and her responding "Non" in French quickly racked up millions of views. People took to Twitter to voice their outrage over the blatant sexism of the request.

Somebody even changed Solveig's Wikipedia page to more accurately represent his perceived mentality.

Hegerberg said Solveig also apologized to her personally, even though "I wasn't upset."

She cheerfully said, "I got to dance a bit and I got the Ballon d'Or."

(With Reuters inputs)

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