"Do You Know How To Twerk?", Ballon d'Or Ceremony Turns Sexist For First Female Winner

DJ Martin Solveig managed to spoil one of the most iconic moments in the history of women's football with his sheer stupidity

The recognition was long due. December 3 marked a new beginning in women’s football but not in the way we expected it to be. Ada Hegerberg became the first female footballer to be honoured with Ballon d’Or, an award which was earlier exclusive to male footballers. Hegerberg was on cloud nine after creating history but was soon embarrassed by a stupid question from the host DJ, Martin Solveig as he asked her, “Do you know how to twerk?”.

The insulting question dampened the celebrations for the Norwegian forward as she immediately stopped smiling and said ‘no!’. That’s not how she would have imagined receiving her first Ballon d’Or. It almost looked like that she was about to leave the stage but reluctantly danced with French footballer David Ginola.

Solveig was quick to realise that he had done something wrong as he apologised to Ada. The 23-year-old confirmed it as she said,

“He came to me afterwards and was really sad that it went that way. I didn’t really consider it sexual harassment or anything in the moment. I was just happy to do the dance and win the Ballon d’Or.”

The French DJ recorded a video apologising for his actions and clarifying what he said on the stage and how it was interpreted,

Later on, he tweeted another apology alongside a photo with Ada congratulating her for winning the inaugural Ballon d’Or (women),

There was no way people were to be convinced by the 42-year-old’s apology as he was slammed for his carelessness on the stage:

French forward Kylian Mbappe was stunned by the unnecessary request too. It is a popular opinion that her achievements should have taken the centrestage instead of asking her if she knows ‘how to twerk’.

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