The British comedian appeared to waste £10,000 ($11,000) on a video after failing to get an answer from David Beckham regarding his controversial role as a Qatar World Cup representative.
On Sunday, Joe Lycett began tweeting the number on the hour until his UK noon time (7am ET). At 12pm GMT, he posted a video of himself twisting money on www.benderslikebeckham.com, a website Lycett had been posting links to.
He later posted it on his social media accounts with the words “a platform for progress,” possibly referring to a statement made by the soccer star in a pre-recorded message at Qatar’s Supreme youth party. Committee’s Generation Amazing Young Doha, where he used to. words to describe this year’s World Cup.
On November 13, Lycett, who describes himself as queer on his website, posted a video on Twitter, saying he would donate £10,000 to charities supporting “people in football” or put money in the shredder, as well as “Beckham’s reputation as a gay icon,” if the former England manager did not cut ties with Qatar within a week. Homosexuality in Qatar is illegal and punishable by years in prison three.
Beckham did not respond, and I video wrote on his Twitter feed on Sunday, Lycett was seen putting piles of money into an industrial machine while wearing a rainbow colored top.
He then turned away from the camera and walked away. The reporter did not immediately respond to CNN when asked to confirm whether he had actually spent the money.
Qatar’s High Committee for Delivery and Legacy recently told CNN that the 2022 World Cup “will be an inclusive, safe tournament” and said “everyone is welcome, regardless of race, background , religion, sex, opinion or nationality.”
Earlier this week, soccer’s governing body FIFA referred CNN to the High Commission for Transfers and Legacies for all comments related to Lycett’s criticism of Beckham and Qatar.
Beckham, who contacted CNN on November 14 through his representatives, declined to comment on the criticism surrounding his representation. CNN reached out to his representatives after Lycett’s alleged embezzlement, but did not receive a response by press time.
“Qatar dreamed of bringing the World Cup to a place it had never been before, but it was not enough to achieve things on the field,” Beckham said at the youth ceremony. “The square would be a platform for progress.
“Dreams can come true. That’s why you’re here. You share the Generation Amazing twin’s passion for football and making the world a more tolerant and inclusive place.”
A report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) published in October documented cases of beatings and sexual abuse while in custody. According to victims interviewed by Human Rights Watch, security forces allegedly forced transgender women to attend conversion therapy sessions at a state-sponsored “moral health care” center.
“Qatar authorities need to end impunity for violence against LGBT people. The world is watching,” said Rasha Younes of Human Rights Watch.
A Qatari official told CNN that HRW’s allegations “contain blatant and false information.”
However, Lycett settled on Beckham.
“You’re the first Premier League footballer to do films and for gay magazines like Attitude, to talk openly about your heterosexual fans,” Lycett said in a video message last week.
“Well, it’s 2022. And you’ve signed a reported £10 million deal with Qatar to be their representative during the FIFA World Cup.”
“If you don’t, by noon next Sunday, I’m going to throw this money into the shredder before the opening ceremony of the World Cup and watch it on the website I subscribed to called benderslikebeckham.com.”
Lycett is not the first person or group to criticize Beckham for his representation.
Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo, who came out as a boy last year, told CNN Sport that he would like to see Beckham use his platform to support the LGBTQ community rather than promote the government. Qatari.
“If someone like David Beckham who has his own platform comes around us and becomes the friend we want him to be, it helps a lot.
“If he can take the next step and show what he means to the LGBTQ community, that would be great.”