Joe Lycett has been shocked by David Beckham’s testimony about his money-wasting stunt.
On November 13, the comedian said he would wipe out £10,000 of his own money as well as Beckham’s status as a “gay icon” if the former British footballer doesn’t end his World Cup ambassadorial deal with Qatar.
After Beckham showed no public reaction, Lycett destroyed the money in a livestream. He later revealed that the money was fake and that he had actually donated it to LGBT+ charities.
More than a month later, on December 15, Lycett informed his Twitter followers that Beckham had finally responded to the situation.
Lycett wrote: “The team at David Beckham have released my program with an exclusive statement that will be aired as part of my program tonight I’ve got your back Special.
“I’ve been told I can’t legally give an opinion on this,” he said, “so you’ll have to make up your own mind.”
After the show aired, however, in an email to The New York Times, Lycett wrote that he was shocked by Beckham’s statement that “LGBTQ+ people are not even mentioned” and the choice of the word “debate”.
The Independent has reached out to Beckham’s rep for comment.
Beckham’s statement read: “David has been involved in a number of World Cups and other major international tournaments, both as a player and as an ambassador, and he has always believed in the power of sport to be a force for good in the world.
“Football, the world’s most popular sport, has a real ability to bring people together and make real contributions to communities.
“We understand that there are different and strongly held views on engagement in the Middle East, but we welcome the fact that the debate on the key issues was directly stimulated by the first World Cup in the region.
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“We hope that these conversations will lead to greater understanding and empathy for all people and that progress will be made.”
Since FIFA announced that Qatar would host the 2022 World Cup, there has been a huge backlash due to Qatar’s history of human rights abuses, mainly related to migrant workers and the LGBTQ+ community.
As a result, many singers, including Dua Lipa, Shakira and Rod Stewart, refused to perform.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/joe-lycett-david-beckham-world-cup-qatar-money-stunt-b2246784.html Joe Lycett Responds to David Beckham’s Money-Washing Stunt Statement