Female footballer wins historic award, is promptly asked if she can twerk

Norwegian soccer player Ada Hegerberg, a vocal advocate for respecting women athletes, broke a major barrier Monday when she became the first female recipient of the Ballon d’Or, an award honoring the world’s best soccer players. 

But the 23-year-old’s moment as a trailblazer was momentarily soured by a bizarre question from the award ceremony’s host, DJ Martin Solveig: But can she twerk? 

You can watch the exchange in French below, in which Solveig asks the winner if she can perform the dance move. Hegerberg appears visibly disgusted by the remark, gives a firm no and turns away from the camera as Solveig laughs.

This was the first year that the Ballon d’Or, presented annually since 1956, was designated to have both male and female recipients.

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Olympique Lyonnais' Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg brandishes her trophy after receiving the 2018 FIFA Women's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on December 3, 2018. - The winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or will be revealed at a glittering ceremony in Paris on December 3 evening, with Croatia's Luka Modric and a host of French World Cup winners all hoping to finally end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Olympique Lyonnais' Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg (R) stands past French DJ and producer Martin Solveig gesturing after receiving the 2018 FIFA Women's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on December 3, 2018. - The winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or will be revealed at a glittering ceremony in Paris on December 3 evening, with Croatia's Luka Modric and a host of French World Cup winners all hoping to finally end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Olympique Lyonnais' Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg (C) celebrates with her teammates after receiving the 2018 FIFA Women's Ballon d'Or award for best player of the year during the 2018 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris on December 3, 2018. - The winner of the 2018 Ballon d'Or will be revealed at a glittering ceremony in Paris on December 3 evening, with Croatia's Luka Modric and a host of French World Cup winners all hoping to finally end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Lyon's Norwegian forward Ada Hegerberg controls the ball during the French Women's D1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Lyon (OL) at the Jean Bouin stadium in Paris on November 18, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Ada Hegerberg of Olympique Lyonnais during the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Ajax Amsterdam and Olympique Lyonnais at Sportpark De Toekomst on October 17, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
Ada Hegerberg of Olympique Lyonnais during the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Ajax Amsterdam and Olympique Lyonnais at Sportpark De Toekomst on October 17, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Ada Hegerberg pictured inside the photo booth prior to The Best FIFA Football Awards at Royal Festival Hall on September 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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Lyon's Ada Hegerberg attends a press conference in Haugesund, Norway, on September 11, 2018, one day ahead of the UEFA Women's Champions League match against Avaldsnes. (Photo by Jan Kare Ness / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT (Photo credit should read JAN KARE NESS/AFP/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 24: Ada Hegerberg of Olympique Lyonnais celebrates after the UEFA Womens Champions League Final between VfL Wolfsburg and Olympique Lyonnais on May 24, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
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Ada Hegerberg of Olympique Lyonnais with UEFA Womens Champions League trophy during the UEFA Women's Champions League final match between VfL Wolfsburg women and Olympique Lyonnais women on May 24, 2018 at Valeriy Lobanovskiy Dynamo Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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It’s no surprise Hegerberg didn’t play along with Solveig’s ill-conceived attempt at humor. She reaffirmed on Monday to The Associated Press that she will boycott playing for Norway at the Women’s World Cup in France next June because of the disrespect she believes female athletes face in her homeland.

“A lot of things need to be done to make the conditions better for women who play football,” said Hegerberg, who has been critical of the how much funding Norway’s Football Federation gives its female teams. 

“It’s all about how we respect women’s football,” she said. “I don’t think the respect has been there.”

If Solveig’s twerking question is any indication, that problem may not be isolated to Norway. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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