Pink is ready to help the Norwegian women’s beach handball team in their fight for less revealing uniforms.
The 41-year-old singer-songwriter tweeted her support for the team on Saturday after it was fined for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms to a championship game in Bulgaria.
The Get The Party Started singer even said she would be “happy to pay the fines” the players would have handed out again.
Fighting power: Pink, 41, offered on Saturday to pay fines imposed on Norway’s women’s beach handball team after the team was fined for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms; seen in may in LA
“I am VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR ‘uniform’,” Pink wrote on Twitter.
‘The European Handball Federation MUST be fined for sexism. Be well, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.’
On Friday, the Norwegian women’s beach handball team posted a photo of its members in the red shorts they competed in during a championship game against Spain.
After hearing of the pop singer’s moral (and possibly financial) support, the team’s Instagram posted to its Instagram Stories.
‘WOW! Thank you so much for the support,” it wrote.
Flip the script: Pink said the ‘European Handball Federation SHOULD BE PAID FOR SEXISM’ rather than fine the women
Sensible option: On Friday, the Norwegian women’s beach handball team posted a photo of its members in the red shorts they competed in during a championship game against Spain
Solidarity: After hearing of the pop singer’s moral (and possibly financial) support, the team’s Instagram posted on its Instagram Stories
Pink was joined by tennis legend Billie Jean King, who spoke out against the fines earlier in the week.
“The Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball team faces fines for wanting to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms,” she wrote. “The bottoms should not cover more than 10 cm on any side.”
She added: “The men’s team wears shorts. The sexualization of female athletes must stop.’
There doesn’t seem to be any competitive reason why women should wear more revealing outfits, as male athletes are allowed to cover more skin.
On the same page: Pink was joined by tennis legend Billie Jean King, who spoke out against the fines earlier this week
The fine against the Norwegian team was imposed by the Disciplinary Commission of the European Handball Federation (EHF), which requires the team to pay €1,500 (or about $1,766) or €150 ($176) per player.
Norwegian officials shared their outrage after the decision.
“It’s completely ridiculous,” Norway’s Culture and Sports Minister Abid Raja tweeted after the verdict. ‘What a change of mentality is needed in the macho and conservative international sports world.’
Eirik Sordahl, the chairman of the Norwegian Volleyball Federation, told the national news agency NTB: “In 2021 it should not be a problem.”
The Norwegian Handball Association announced early last week that it was willing to pay any fines imposed on the team.
“Of course we would pay any fine,” the chairman of the Norwegian Handball Federation, Kare Geir Lio, told the AFP news agency on Monday. “We’re all in this together.”
Ready and waiting: While Pink was all on board to cover the team’s fines, it’s unclear if she’ll get the chance or if the Norwegian Handball Federation got ahead of her; seen in 2019
While Pink was all on board to cover the team’s fines, it’s unclear if she’ll get the chance or if the Norwegian Handball Federation got ahead of her.
Following angry reactions from fans, many of whom labeled the EHF’s actions as sexist,” the group’s chairman, Michael Wiederer, announced it planned to rethink the policy.
“I can confirm that the EHF will make every effort to ensure that a change to the uniform regulations for athletes can be made,” he wrote in a statement. ‘Great efforts will be made to further promote the sport for everyone, regardless of gender.’