Pink has offered to pay the fines given to the Norwegian handball team after they decided to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms at the European Beach Handball Championships.
In an attempt to stand against the "sexist rules," the team flouted clothing regulations for their bronze medal match against Spain last weekend. The game took place in Bulgaria, Europe, but was catapulted into the global limelight after the controversial move evoked mixed reactions from audiences.
Glad to see German gymnasts also taking a stand against sexualisation of sport at #Tokyo2020
Still angry about the Norwegian beach handball team's fine. The concept of fining women for not showing enough skin is ludicrously sexist and repugnant. It's sport, not a bikini contest!
— 🇪🇺Debbie (@Omnishambles85) July 26, 2021
Subsequently, the Norwegian team lost their match, and, afterward, just to add salt to the wound, the entire team was fined €1,500 ($1,769) by The European Handball Federation (EHF) because they wore shorts during their match. The EHF cited "improper clothing" as their reason for the hefty fine.
Of course, this did not sit well with a lot of people with many comparing the rules for the women's team against those for the men's team.
According to the uniform regulations, "women should wear a bikini where the top should be a tight-fitting sports bra with deep openings at the arms', and "the bottom must not be more than ten centimeters on the sides." Okay, but what is the reason for that? If men can play in shorts and full-length shirts, then why can't the women? Why must we see a certain amount of skin on women? It's a sport.
Thankfully, an outpour of support has been given to the handball team from fans and celebrities alike. Recently, singer and songwriter, Pink spoke out on her Twitter about the incident, telling everyone that she was "very proud" of all the women on the team for standing up for themselves. She even went as far as offering to pay their fines!
"I'm VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR "uniform". The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I'll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up," she wrote.
I'm VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR “uniform". The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I'll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.
— P!nk (@Pink) July 25, 2021
The news comes as other women's teams are also standing against their "sexist uniforms."
The German gymnastic team recently performed at the Tokyo Olympics wearing unitards instead of their usual leotards in an attempt to make the sport feel "safer" for youngsters and newcomers. The team wore similar outfits during training last week, with Elisabeth Seitz saying that it was "about what feels comfortable."
"We wanted to show that every woman, everybody, should decide what to wear," she added.