On Sunday, Joe Lycett began tweeting the clock counting down to the UK midday deadline (7am ET). At 12pm GMT, he posted a video of himself shredding money to www.benderslikebeckham.com, a website Lycett was tweeting links to.
He later posted it on his social media accounts with the caption, “A platform for progress,” which is likely a reference to a statement the soccer star made in a pre-recorded message at Qatar’s Amazing Youth Generation Supreme Committee Festival in Doha, where he used those words to describe the trophy. world this year.
On November 13, Lycett, who describes himself as an eccentric on his website, posted a video on Twitter, saying he would donate £10,000 to charities supporting “LGBT people in football” or put the money into a machine. chipping, along with Beckham’s “reputation as a gay icon”, if the former England captain does not cut ties with Qatar during the week. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and is punishable by up to three years in prison.
Beckham did not respond video Posted on his Twitter account on Sunday, Lycett appears to have put piles of money into the industrial shredder while wearing a rainbow colored T-shirt.
Then he nursed the camera and walked away. The comedian didn’t immediately respond to CNN when asked to confirm if he ripped real money.
Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy recently told CNN that the 2022 World Cup will be an “inclusive and safe tournament” and said, “Everyone is welcome, regardless of race, background, religion, gender, orientation or nationality.”
Earlier this week, FIFA referred CNN to the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy to obtain all comments related to Lysette’s criticism of Beckham and Qatar.
Contacted by CNN on November 14 through his representatives, Beckham declined to comment on criticism about his tenure as ambassador. CNN reached out to its representatives after Lycett appeared to rip up the money, but had not received a response at the time of publication.
“Qatar dreamed of bringing the World Cup to a place like never before, but it will not be enough just to achieve things on the pitch,” said Beckham. Youth Festival. “The stadium will be a platform for progress.
“Dreams can come true. That’s why you’re here. You share Generation Amazing’s passion for the game of football and for making the world a more tolerant and inclusive place.”
A report by Human Rights Watch published in October documented alleged cases of beatings and sexual harassment in detention. According to the victims Human Rights Watch interviewed, security forces allegedly forced transgender women to attend conversion therapy sessions at a government-sponsored “behavioral healthcare” center.
Qatari authorities must end impunity for violence against LGBT people. “The world is watching,” said Rasha Younes of Human Rights Watch.
A Qatari official told CNN that the Human Rights Watch allegations “contain categorically and unequivocally false information.”
But Lysette took aim at Beckham.
“You are the first footballer in the Premier League to do a shoot with gay magazines like Attitude, to speak openly about your gay fans,” Lycett said in the video message last week.
“Now, it’s 2022. And I’ve signed a £10m deal with Qatar to be their ambassador during the FIFA World Cup.”
“If you don’t, by noon next Sunday I’m going to put that money in the shredder right before the World Cup Opening Ceremony and stream it live on a website I’ve registered called benderslikebeckham.com.”
Lycett is not the first person or group to criticize Beckham for his tenure as ambassador.
Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo, who came out as gay last year, told CNN Sport he would like to see Beckham use his platform to support the LGBTQ community rather than promote the Qatari government.
“If someone like David Beckham takes his platform around us and becomes the ally we want him to be, that really helps.
“If he can take the next step and show me what he means to the LGBTQ community, that would be great.”