French DJ Martin Solveig on Monday night, December 4, sparked social media outrage after asking Norway international Ada Hegerberg to dance on stage moments after being crowned the winner of the female Ballon d’Or award.
Solveig invited Ada on stage in Paris to receive her Golden Ball before asking her to twerk.
Ballon d'Or recap:
🇭🇷 Luka Modric wins the Ballon d'Or
🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappe named young player of the year
🇳🇴 Ada Hegerberg wins women's Ballon d'Or pic.twitter.com/Xewc5Xpxfi
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) December 4, 2018
Upon lifting the prestigious award, Ada, who plays for the French side, Lyon, addressed the star-studded crowd, challenging young women to believe in themselves.
“I want to ask every young woman to believe in themselves,” she said.
According to reports, the Norway international went to leave the stage after her address.
However, before she could do so, Solveig asked her whether she would like to twerk to which she quickly declined.
Amid all these, the camera panned to Paris Saint-Germain star, Kylian Mbappe, who looked utterly shocked to the DJ’s bizarre request.
Solveig’s move further elicited reactions on social media, with fans hitting out at the strange request.
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
Absolute trash: French DJ Martin Solveig asks Ada Hegerberg to twerk after receiving the first women's Ballon d'Or award. (Love her response, though.) This is the crap female athletes deal with on a daily basis around the world.pic.twitter.com/y2TLe3v4u9
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) December 3, 2018
Forget about Messi and Ronaldo getting snubbed at the Ballon d'Or awards,Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg, first female Ballon D'Or winner was asked to twerk on stage by Martin Solveig ♂,pure disrespect #ballondor
— Pye Waw (@pyewaw) December 3, 2018
The first female Ballon D’Or winner @AdaStolsmo makes a great speech telling the girls all over the world to believe in themselves. Then an idiotic French DJ Martin Solveig asks her to twerk
Idiots like this show us we can’t take gender equality for granted in sport and society
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) December 3, 2018
Pointless being outraged at the Ballon d'Or result. A popularity contest, monopolised by an electoral college controlled by sponsors & agents. Always will be.
Save your outrage for sexist shitbag Martin Solveig – asking women's winner Ada Hegerberg if she could twerk for him.
— Dan Levene (@danlevene) December 3, 2018
Solveig later tendered his apology via Twitter saying: “Sincere apologies to the one I may have offended. My point was: I don’t invite women to twerk but dance on a Sinatra song. Watch the full sequence People who have followed me for 20 years know how respectful I am especially with women”.