Pink Offers To Pay Fines For The Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball Team

Pink has offered to pay the fines for the Norwegian women’s beach handball team that was penalized for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms. 

The singer tweeted Saturday (July 24th), “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.”

CBS Sports reports that the  European Handball Federation imposed a $1,770 fine — $177 per player — for “improper clothing” in the game against Spain during the European Beach Handball Championships in Bulgaria.

“The EHF acknowledges the position of the players involved and further steps towards change, in close coordination with the International Handball Federation, have been and are in motion,” EHF president Michael Wiederer said in a statement. “We are very much aware of the attention the topic has received over the past days, and while changes cannot happen overnight, we are fully committed that something good comes out of this situation right now which is why the EHF has donated the fine for a good cause promoting equality in sports.”

The Norwegian team isn’t the only one to speak out about their uniforms, the German gymnastics team wore unitards that stretched to their ankles, intending to push back against sexualization of women in gymnastics.