Was he joking—was she truly offended—or is this just another example of the PC culture gone mad?
You be the judge…
Luka Modric ended a decade of dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or but the Croatian’s win was overshadowed when the inaugural winner of the women’s award, Ada Hegerberg, was asked to twerk live on stage by the host DJ, Martin Solveig.
Hegerberg, who helped Lyon to the French title and Champions League, scoring in the final, pipped Denmark’s Pernille Harder to the prize but appeared embarrassed when asked by Solveig if she wanted to dance in celebration and “knew how to twerk”.
The 23-year-old said “no” and seemed to attempt to leave the stage, before reluctantly agreeing to dance to another song with Solveig.
Martin Solveig really asked Ada Hegerberg, the first ever Ballon D'Or winner, to twerk. The absolute disrespect bruh. pic.twitter.com/Mtc5DBjS7a
— Aaron West (@oeste) December 3, 2018
Solveig tweeted shortly after the ceremony, saying he had apologized to Hegerberg for the remark.
“I explained to [Ada] and she told me she understood it was a joke,” Solveig wrote. “Nevertheless, my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly, congratulations to Ada.”
Hegerberg added she was extremely proud to be named the first female winner. “It’s incredible,” she said. “This is a great motivation to continue working hard and we will continue to work together to win more titles. I wanted to end with some words for young girls around the world: belief in yourselves.”
Andy Murray was among those on social media who criticized Solveig’s comment, calling it “another example of the ridiculous sexism in sport.”
“What questions did they ask Mbappé and Modric?” the British tennis player added on Instagram. “I’d imagine something to do with football. And to everyone who thinks I’m 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.” –The Guardian
But the reason question is, was Hegerberg offended by the host asking her if she wanted to “twerk?” Hegerberg quickly shot down the accusations by the PC police that DJ Martin Solveig’s request offended her, saying: “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.”
Have we, as a society taken this whole PC thing to such a level of ridiculousness that people are afraid to say anything, for fear of offending someone else? Isn’t this really about restricting free-speech and thereby, allowing the left to dictate what is and isnt’ acceptable to say anymore?
What do you think? Did the host of the show go too far with his comments, or should it have been okay to joke around with the athlete after presenting her with an award?
We’d love to hear your comments below.