David Beckham’s “status as a gay icon will be shredded” if the previous England captain and Manchester United star continues in his function as a Qatar World Cup ambassador mentioned British comic Joe Lycett on Sunday.
In a video posted on Twitter, Lycett, a British comic who describes himself as queer on his web site, mentioned he would donate £10,000 ($11,000) to charities supporting “queer people in football” or put the cash via the shredder together with “Beckham’s reputation as a gay icon” if the previous footballer didn’t lower ties with Qatar.
Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Supply & Legacy has not too long ago instructed CNN that the 2022 World Cup will “be an inclusive, safe tournament” and mentioned “everyone is welcome, regardless of race, background, religion, gender, orientation or nationality.”
World soccer governing physique FIFA referred CNN to the Supreme Committee for Supply & Legacy for all remark referring to Lycett’s criticism of Beckham and Qatar.
Beckham, contacted by CNN via his representatives, declined to touch upon the criticism round his ambassadorship.
CNN contacted the Supreme Committee for Supply & Legacy for remark however has not obtained a response.
“Homosexuality is illegal, punishable by imprisonment and, if you’re Muslim, possibly even death,” mentioned Lycett in an Instagram submit.
A report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) revealed in October documented alleged instances of beatings and sexual harassment. In line with victims interviewed by Human Rights Watch, safety forces allegedly compelled transgender girls to attend conversion remedy periods at a behavioral healthcare heart sponsored by the federal government.
“Qatari authorities need to end impunity for violence against LGBT people. The world is watching,” mentioned Rasha Younes of Human Rights Watch.
A Qatari official instructed CNN that the HRW allegations “contain information that is categorically and unequivocally false.”
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Lycett, nonetheless, is taking goal at Beckham.
“You’re the first Premiership footballer to do shoots with gay magazines like Attitude, to speak openly about your gay fans,” Lycett mentioned.
“Now, it’s 2022. And you signed a reported £10 million ($11.7 million) deal with Qatar to be their ambassador during the FIFA World Cup.”
Underneath Qatari legislation, homosexuality is against the law and punishable by as much as three years in jail.
Lycett mentioned that Beckham has “always talked about the power of football as a force for good” and inspired him to make use of his platform to marketing campaign for LGBTQ rights.
“If you do not, by midday next Sunday [November 20, 2022], I will throw this money into a shredder just before the opening ceremony of the World Cup and stream it live on a website I’ve registered called benderslikebeckham.com.”
Lycett will not be the primary individual or group to criticize Beckham for his ambassadorship. Adelaide United participant Josh Cavallo, who got here out as homosexual final 12 months, instructed CNN Sport he want to see Beckham utilizing his platform to assist the LGBTQ group as a substitute of selling the Qatari authorities.
“If somebody like David Beckham together with his platform does get round us and turns into an ally that we’re wanting him to be, it’s actually useful.
“If he could take that next step and show what he means to the LGBTQ community, that would be fantastic.”
HRW has additionally not too long ago highlighted “arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment” of LGBTQ folks in Qatar.
“There are just a few days until the World Cup kickoff, but that’s plenty of time for the Qatari government to end ill-treatment of LGBT people,” HRW mentioned in a November press launch.
“Qatari authorities should publicly condemn violence against LGBT people and formally recognize that having same-sex sexual attraction is not a mental health condition.”