Joe Lycett has admitted he is “a bit stuck” after receiving no response from David Beckham on his World Cup ultimatum.
Last week, the comedian posted a video on social media addressing Beckham, saying he would donate £10,000 to charities that support gay people in football if the football star broke his World Cup deal with Qatar because of the country’s stance on LGBT+ issues.
However, Lycett said if Beckham didn’t do this he would shred the £10,000 (£1,000 for every reported £1million Beckham received for working with the World Cup) and stream it live on Sunday (November 20).
On Wednesday (Nov. 16), after Beckham has yet to respond, Lycett shared a post on Instagram with an email the comedian allegedly sent to Joe Lycett’s anonymous publicist.
“I take it you’re having a busy week!” Lycett wrote. “Me too! I managed to put myself in quite a bind – I was a bit daft and publicly announced I’ll shred £10,000 on Sunday if David doesn’t end his relationship with Quatar or donate money to Quatar LGBT+ charities if he does, but we’ve been on the road for four days now and I haven’t heard a peep from him.
“Could you give me some consolation and let me know if there’s a chance he’ll deviate from his position, or should I expect radio silence on that?” I really don’t want to shred 10 grand!!!”
Lycett continued, “I also really don’t want a national treasure that has historically supported the LGBT+ community publicly supporting and promoting a nation-state that has an appalling human rights record and has imposed the death penalty on gay men – call me old fashioned! ! !!!!
“David and his team still have time to do the right thing. I’m happy to talk to you about it whenever it suits you. Best wishes Joe.”
He captioned the post: “Email @davidbeckhams PR. Less than 4 days to go.”
In his original video, Lycett said Beckham proved himself a gay icon and ally after marrying a Spice Girl, “which is the gayest thing a person can do.”
“Qatar was voted as one of the worst places in the world for gay people,” he said. “Homosexuality is illegal, punishable by imprisonment and, if you’re a Muslim, possibly even death.”
Lycett explained that he gave Beckham “a choice” as he’s “always talked about the power of football as a force for good.”
Choose not to respond, and “not only will the money be shredded, but your status as a gay icon will be shredded,” Lycett said.
“You’re going to force me to commit a crime. Although I think even then I’d get off lighter than if I was caught beating up a boy in Doha.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/news/joe-lycett-david-beckham-world-cup-shred-b2226460.html Joe Lycett says he’s ‘a bit stuck’ as David Beckham fails to act on World Cup ultimatum