British Comedian Joe Lycett appeared to have shredded almost $12,000 (£10,000) of his own money in Protest by a former world-famous soccer player David Beckham’s decision to remain an ambassador for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Hosted in Qatar.
Lycett stated that Beckham was a “gay icon,” He was praised for his belief by being on the cover of LGBTQ+ magazines. in Use “the power of football as a force for good.”
But he condemned Beckham’s ambassadorship, citing Qatar’s poor human rights record and LGBTQ+ policies.
“Qatar is one of the worst places in the world to be gay,” He said that homosexuality was still illegal, and emphasized this fact. in It can be a result of the country in You could be sentenced to death or imprisonment.
Lycett issued Beckham an ultimatum on Twitter last week: the former footballer would give up his $12 million (£10 million) deal, and Lycett would donate the money to LGBTQ+ charities, or he would keep it and Lycett would run the money through a shredder instead, while also destroying Beckham’s “gay icon” status.
Lycett streamed himself live streaming as Beckham and his team failed to respond on Sunday.
The stunt There were mixed reactions to the news, including horror. Others called him out for his misuse of the money and said that it should be donated to a more worthy cause. Lycett, to their relief, admitted Monday that although the cash went into the shredder was genuine, the pieces that came out of it were not.
“I would never destroy real money, I would never be so irresponsible,” Lycett said in A new video shows that he did. in fact donate £10,000 to LGBTQ+ charities before he even posted the ultimatum and that he never expected a response.
“It was an empty threat, designed to get people talking… In many ways it was like your deal with Qatar, David. Total bullshit from the start,” Lycett concluded that before shredding Attitude magazine’s 2002 cover features Beckham. It was the first cover featuring a Premier League soccer player.
Qatar World Cup sparks outrage
Lycett isn’t the only one to call out Beckham — last year the soccer player was urged to speak out on Qatar’s human rights record by Amnesty International.
Beckham is not the only celebrity who continues his legacy. World Cup Despite outrage and boycotts from LGBTQ+ fans, participation was allowed despite widespread outrage. The Black Eyed Peas, Colombian singer J Balvin, Robbie Williams and BTS’s Jung Kook are all still set to perform.
Meanwhile, many companies sponsoring the event, including those who have publicly expressed support for LGBTQ+ rights, are still involved due to the sheer scale of advertising opportunities, including Adidas, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.
The organizers have made it clear that there will be no discrimination during the event. World CupBut Qatar Only two weeks before the World Cup was to start, the government doubled down on homosexuality. A top ambassador had said that it was “damage in the mind” During an interview with a German television station. On Monday, seven World Cup Teams announced that they would not be able to participate in the “One Love” Rainbow armbands are worn in solidarity with LGBTQ+ rights, after warnings from FIFA, the tournament’s organizing body, that players wearing the armbands might face “sporting sanctions.”
October Human Rights Watch found The security forces of Qatar had “arbitrarily arrested” LGBTQ+ People “subjected them to ill treatment in detention.”
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