Last Stage viewers were divided over a World Cup parody song about homophobia in Qatar

The last leg has divided viewers after they shared their version of a football anthem to mark the 2022 World Cup.

The football tournament kicked off in Qatar on Sunday (November 20) with England beating Iran 6-2 the following day.

After the victory on Tuesday (November 21), the sports comedy show follows The last leg shared their anthem for the World Cup on social media, which was first aired in Friday’s (November 18) episode.

Set to a tune by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds track “Three Lions,” the parody song hints at some of the controversies surrounding the event and its host country.

Issues included reports of mistreatment of migrant workers and Qatar’s criminalization of homosexuality.

in the The last leg‘s version of the song “It’s being homophobic” is sung in place of the original chant: “It’s coming home, it’s coming.”

“Everyone seems to know the score / But we just can’t ignore / Dead workers on the floor,” host Adam Hills sings in the clip.

However, the texts, which have attracted particular attention from social media users, relate to LGBTQ+ people exposed to violence.

“But in Qatar if Alan Carr was touring / And Boy George would come to him / And then even RuPaul / They might end up / Three heads on a peak,” the song continues.

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The Last Leg aired a parody song highlighting the controversies surrounding the World Cup in Qatar

(Channel 4 / The Last Leg)

On social media, fans of the show have divided their opinions, with many questioning the graphic imagery in the lyrics.

“Using the images of dead queer people when we’re being murdered every day and the racist idea of ​​people putting heads on skewers in Qatar is disgusting,” remarked one viewer.

Another commented, “I was cool with it until there were three heads on top. I understand it’s cool but so extra,” while someone else chimed in with a simple question, “What were you thinking?”

It’s a sin Actor Nathaniel J Hall also criticized the clip, particularly for posting it shortly after a fatal shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, US.

“Cheering out graphic descriptions of violence against queer people isn’t the hot attitude you think it is,” he wrote. “Allyship is welcome, but that’s so far off the mark it’s not true. Especially given the Club Q shooting in America.”

However, there were also some who found it useful in this way to shed light on the issues faced by queer people in Qatar.

“People who are offended by this go completely wrong,” begins a spectator’s defense. “It pokes fun at the ridiculousness of our country standing behind something as shameful as this year’s World Cup.”

“Didn’t think you could love like that The last leg more than I’ve done. This is top notch,” wrote another.

The Independent has reached out to Channel 4 for comment. Last Stage viewers were divided over a World Cup parody song about homophobia in Qatar


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