And so when famous French DJ and record producer Martin Solveig asked her during an awards show Monday whether she knows how to twerk, it didn’t bother her in the slightest.
Watch what happened below:
“Do you know how to twerk?” he asked after Hegerberg stepped onto the stage to become the first woman to ever receive France Football’s Ballon d’Or, an award for the world’s best soccer players.
“No,” she quickly replied before stepping away.
Twerking is a sexually provocative dance style popularized by hip-hop music, and the fact that Solveig dared to ask her whether she can twerk has not sat well with social justice warriors.
As of Tuesday morning, dozens (if not hundreds) of mainstream news outlets had run reports complaining about the DJ’s allegedly “offensive” and “sexist” question.
Included among the bellyachers was British tennis player Andy Murray, a veritable social justice warrior known as a virtue signaler over his incessant rants about “equality.”
“Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sports– why do women still have to put up with that s***?” he wrote in a Twitter post. “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 sports my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal.”
Andy Murray on women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being asked to twerk on stage tonight… pic.twitter.com/XWhchKnWvW
— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) December 3, 2018
Others echoed this sentiment on Twitter.
Martin Solveig really asked Ada Hegerberg, the first ever Ballon D’Or winner, to twerk. The absolute disrespect bruh. pic.twitter.com/Mtc5DBjS7a
— A West (@ayyy_west) December 3, 2018
“I’d have punched him!” ?
“I’m not a fan of people leaping on the offence button, but he’s a sexist pig.”@JuliaHB1 on women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being asked to twerk after picking up her award. pic.twitter.com/vBRRvV55Sg
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 4, 2018
Martin Solveig: lifetime jerk.
— Mike Kovfefe (@AbarayMike) December 4, 2018
Fuck Martin Solveig
but also fuck the millions of football fans who are nowhere near as famous but every bit as sexist and disgusting.
— Ronit Ray (@RonRay98) December 4, 2018
Martin Solveig should pack it in, he looks too old to be a DJ anyway. Sexist Pig.
— Sparkysue (@sparkysue) December 4, 2018
Martin Solveig is a bloody embarrassment & a complete disrespectful ass. Ada Hegerberg made history last night for winning the 1st ever women’s Ballon D’or award, fantastic achievement. Now it will be remembered for a small minded sexist question by a pathetic idiot!! #StopSexism
— LynneG (@lynger2000) December 4, 2018
A sexist comment marred a top soccer awards ceremony. Norway’s Ada Hegerberg became the first woman to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award, but host and DJ Martin Solveig then asked Hegerberg whether she would twerk on stage.
— Lawal Majols™ (@lawalMajols) December 4, 2018
Yet despite clearly viewing themselves as champions of women, none of these people, including Murray, ever took the time to listen to what Hegerberg felt about this.
“He came to me after the situation and he apologized, but I didn’t take it as that at all,” she said during a media interview after the awards show. I got to dance a bit, and I got the Ballon d’Or, and that was in my mind, and it was nothing special.”
“No, I didn’t feel like that at all,” she replied when asked whether she thought the twerking question had been sexist. “Sad if people thought about the situation like that, but it didn’t come to my mind at all. I think there are a lot of other subjects we need to be discussing when talking about sexual matters.”
The great irony of all is how some have chosen to respond to Hegerberg’s lack of concern over Solveig’s jokey-jokey question. According to these purported women’s champions — some of whom are men like Murray — she’s done a disservice to all women, including herself.
Her facial expression during award + what she’s saying now are contradicting. I get she’s trying to diffuse the situation + remain above it all but would have been great if she at least said it was silly. Does a disservice to those that do experience sexism on + off the field
— Mary (@holy_grizz) December 4, 2018
And she just ruined it by that response. She just gave the okay to men to talk to women in that manner. Congrats.
— FancyFootwork ?⚽️ (@FancyFootworkFC) December 4, 2018
Its a real shame she has to go allong with this so that she has a chance to win the ballon d’or again in the future.
— thomas norton (@toptom007) December 4, 2018
It’s unclear how dismissing a woman’s perspective makes them women’s champions.
Though the “offensive” question was directed at Hegerberg, Solveig was forced to issue a public apology to all men and women after the conclusion of the awards show Monday.
“This was a joke, probably a bad one, and I want to apologize for the one I may have offended. Sorry about that,” he said in a Twitter video, adding that his intention had been to ask the soccer star whether she’d dance with him on stage to Frank Sinatra.
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