P!nk Offers To Pay Norwegian Handball Team's Fines After Shorts Controversy—And Fans Are Here For It
Just this week, The International Handball Federation fined the Norwegian Women's Beach Handball Team €150 ($177) per player for wearing shorts instead of the regulation bikini bottoms. While the men's uniform consists of a tank top and shorts, women are required to wear bikini bottoms and sports bras to play.
Now, pop star P!nk stepped up and offered to pay their fines for them.
P!nk tweeted she was proud of the team for standing up against this "very sexist" rule and suggested the fines should be put on the Handball Federation.
The singer finished the tweet saying:
"I'll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up."
I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “unifor… https://t.co/NHUUZ05yRD— P!nk (@P!nk) 1627181370.0
People have continued to call out the European Beach Handball Championships for this unfair treatment as well as praise P!nk for speaking up.
@MrsThornSLP @Pink Why don’t the men have to wear Speedo then!!! Fair is fair.— Elaine Mac (@Elaine Mac) 1627210531.0
@Pink @FixesPlanes When they said they'd be happy to pay the fine, the federation escalated it and threatened with… https://t.co/iRBnmkPR5I— He-Man was always a social justice warrior. (@He-Man was always a social justice warrior.) 1627195287.0
@Pink Here’s the European Handball Federation committee responsible for the decision. Hang on - who let that woman… https://t.co/GHkNkg9d8p— andrew crosthwaite (@andrew crosthwaite) 1627299370.0
@Pink 👏🏻👏🏻 unreal that they’re having to protest the fact that they want to wear shorts… I can’t see any reason tha… https://t.co/96mwCh8V9j— Dons | 💜🖤 (@Dons | 💜🖤) 1627181887.0
@Pink Thank you P!nk for lending your voice to this important issue. You are always welcome at any @USBeachHandball tournament!— Michelle Mensing (@Michelle Mensing) 1627312217.0
@Pink This is 1 of many reasons why your my favorite singer in the entire world. ❤❤ https://t.co/4e4HoKwjks— BeautifulTrama051107 (@BeautifulTrama051107) 1627184790.0
Many also pointed out the German Artistic Gymnastics Team is wearing full length unitards to address the sexualization of female gymnasts—many of whom are underage.
@Pink Check out Germany’s Gymnastics unitard too. Athletes should have choice and feel comfortable and it is aweso… https://t.co/bQMVHjdEy1— Megan Lloyd (@Megan Lloyd) 1627248869.0
@Pink thank you, it‘s important for all the girls and women in the world! I‘m very proud of our gymnasts 🇩🇪 https://t.co/IHDss2Gbvg— Pii (@Pii) 1627321325.0
@Pink The German gymnastics team are wearing body suits. A GB para Olympic athlete was committed on her athletic br… https://t.co/SDzZitBkgh— ZOE BOND (@ZOE BOND) 1627281418.0
Former tennis champion Billie Jean King also chimed in pointing out the men's team get to wear shorts.
"The men's team wears shorts."
"The sexualization of women athletes must stop."
The Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball team is facing fines for wanting to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms. The… https://t.co/T8JQTU729u— Billie Jean King (@Billie Jean King) 1626823840.0
P!nk might not have to pay the fine after all, since the Norwegian Handball Federation announced it would pay the fines for the team members.