the main points
- Last week, Joe Lysette said he would cut $17,000 if David Beckham didn’t pull out of a World Cup promotional deal.
- He urged Beckham to end the partnership due to Qatar’s treatment of the LGBTIQ+ community.
- On Sunday, the comedian posted a video to Twitter where he appeared to toss a large pile of cash into a shredder.
Comedian Joe Lysette appears to have ripped up £10,000 ($17,800) in cash in a Twitter live video in protest of “gay icon” David Beckham’s promotional partnership with Qatar.
Last week, Lycett posted a video publicly challenging the former England captain to end his multi-million pound promotional deal with Qatar nationwide.
Beckham gave Sunday deadline, .
When the deadline passed, Lycett posted a short video clip on Twitter, in which he did not speak, but simply went to the shredder and dropped into a large pile of cash.
The tweet read, “A platform for progress,” referring to comments made by Beckham about the Qatar Championship.
In the original video, Lycett called Beckham a “gay icon,” and referenced his historic support for the LGBTIQ+ community.
“I was the first footballer in the Premier League to do photo shoots with gay magazines like Attitude, to talk openly about your gay fans, to marry a Spice Girl, which is the meanest thing a human being can do,” he said.
“Qatar has been voted one of the worst places in the world to be gay; homosexuality is illegal and punishable by imprisonment, and if you are Muslim, possibly to death.”
If Beckham ends the partnership, Lycett said he will donate the money to charities that support LGBTIQ+ people in football.
Beckham has not yet publicly responded to Lycett’s challenge.
What is Qatar’s record with the LGBTIQ+ community?
In the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Spotlight on him.
Same-sex sexual activity is a criminal offense in Qatar and can be punished with imprisonment.
According to the Human Dignity Trust, Qatar is also working on an interpretation of Sharia “whereby men who engage in same-sex intimacy could technically be sentenced to death”.
Earlier this year, a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) included distressing accounts from six members of the LGBTIQ+ community, who alleged they were arrested, beaten, and held in solitary confinement because of their sexual orientation or gender expression.
The organizing committee for this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar told SBS News during the tournament.