Martin Solveig: why he created the discomfort during the presentation of the Women’s Ballon d’Or

A moment of embarrassment and ordinary sexism. In December 2018, Martin Solveig had the honor of awarding the Women’s Ballon d’Or to Ada Hegerberg, the first footballer in history to receive the award. This great moment was spoiled when the DJ slipped a deeply awkward phrase to the Olympique Lyonnais player. He had asked her if she “knew how to twerk”. In other words: if she was ready to swing her hips explicitly. Annoyed, this dance having no connection with the round ball, the principal interested one answered with a simple “no”.

The controversy had quickly swelled on social networks and Martin Solveig was accused of sexism by a large number of Twittos. So he had made his mea culpa on his Twitter account. “My sincere apologies to those I may have offended. I didn’t invite a woman to twerk but to dance to a Sinatra song. Watch the entire footage. People who have followed me for 20 years know that I have been doing it. am respectful, especially to women “. He then pleaded humor, apologizing for having shared “a bad joke”. In a statement, he assured that a video circulating on the Web did not show “the whole sequence”.

Ada Hegerberg indifferent

What had Ada Hegerberg thought of it? For BBC Sport, she explained that Martin Solveig had already apologized to her before the controversy. “He came to see me afterwards and was really sad that it happened like that. I didn’t really think about it,” she recalled. “I was just happy to dance and win the Ballon d’Or to be honest. I’ll pour myself a glass of champagne when I get back.” The outcry had been the least of his worries.

Martin Solveig © VEEREN

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