First women's Ballon d'Or winner asked if she knows how to 'twerk' during ceremony

Even though Ada Hegerberg said she hadn't been offended by the twerking question during Monday's award ceremony, Solveig still apologized on Twitter after his comment caused a social media stir.

Presenter later apologizes on Twitter after facing social media backlash

Olympique Lyonnais' Ada Hegerberg celebrates with the women's Ballon d'Or award during the Golden Ball award ceremony. DJ Solveig apologized on Monday for asking the 23-year-old Norwegian if she knew how to 'twerk'. (Christophe Ena/The Associated Press)

After asking the first woman to win the Ballon d'Or if she knew how to twerk, French DJ Martin Solveig then said sorry.

Even though Ada Hegerberg said she hadn't been offended by the twerking question during Monday's award ceremony, Solveig still apologized on Twitter after his comment caused a social media stir.

He tweeted, "I didn't know that this could be seen as such an offense," and added: "This was a joke, probably a bad one."

A clip from the ceremony of the DJ asking the 23-year-old Norwegian if she could twerk and her responding "Non" in French quickly racked up millions of views.

Hegerberg said Solveig also apologized to her personally, even though "I wasn't upset."

She cheerfully said, "I got to dance a bit and I got the Ballon d'Or."

This incident brought back memories of when Eugenie Bouchard was asked to twirl during an on-court interview at the 2015 Australian Open.
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