Pink criticizes the sanctions imposed on the Norwegian women’s beach handball team as “sexist rules.”
PINK has pledged to support the Norwegian women’s beach handball team in their fight against “very sexist” equipment regulations.
After learning that the squad had been penalized for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms at a championship match in Bulgaria, the singer-songwriter tweeted her support for the players on Saturday. To demonstrate her support for the squad, the So What singer said she would be “glad to pay” their fees, blasting the idea that they were penalized in the first place.
Pink even suggested that the European Handball Federation be penalized for sexism, claiming that women should not be obliged to wear more revealing costumes than male athletes for competitive reasons.
“I’m VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘UNIFORM,’” the Just Like a Pill singer said on Twitter.
“THE FEDERATION OF EUROPEAN HANDBALL SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Ladies, kudos to you. I’ll gladly pay any fines on your behalf. Keep going.”
The team posted a photo of its members wearing the red shorts they wore during their championship match against Spain on Friday.
I’m incredibly proud of the Norwegian women’s beach handball team for defying sexist rules about their “uniform.” THE FEDERATION OF EUROPEAN HANDBALL SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Ladies, kudos to you. I’ll gladly pay any fines on your behalf. Keep up the good work.
“WOW!” they wrote on their Instagram stories in response to Pink’s comment. Thank you so much for all of your help.”
Pink was joined by Billie Jean King, a former female World No. 1 professional tennis player, in her support for the team and her criticism of the gender divide in sports.
“The Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball team is facing sanctions because they prefer to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms,” she stated. The bottoms must cover no more than 10cm on all sides.
“The men’s team is dressed in shorts.
Beachhndballjentene (@norwaybeachhandballwomen) shared a post.
“Women athletes must no longer be sexualized.”
The fine was imposed by the European Handball Federation’s (EHF) Disciplinary Committee, and the team must pay €1,500, or €150 each player.
The Norwegian Handball Federation declared early last week that it will pay any fines levied on the team.
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