Morgan Freeman slammed for attending Qatar 2022 World Cup opening ceremony: ‘Should be ashamed’
Fans give Morgan Freeman a red card for this stunt.
The 85-year-old actor faces the wrath of fans after attending the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Sunday.
Freeman opened the tournament by narrating the opening segment titled “The Calling” at Doha’s Al Bayt Stadium, The Independent reported.
“We gather here as one great tribe and the earth is the tent we all live in,” the Oscar winner told the crowd.
The appearance of the ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ actor sparked fury from fans amid ongoing allegations of human rights abuses in the Middle Eastern country.
As the opening ceremony neared, the Qatari government took several steps to ban meat products and bracelets supporting the LGBTQ campaign “OneLove” – according to FIFA, players wearing the band received a yellow card.
Qatar also banned the consumption of beer two days before kick-off.
“For a man who played Nelson Mandela – who knew better than anyone the impact and importance of isolation on a country and his success on the ground in changing the politics of that nation.” tweeted one angry fan. “So disappointing to see #MorganFreeman taking the money and supporting an oppressive regime.”
“Morgan Freeman is really determined to go to the deepest levels of hell, huh.” tweeted Another person.
“Qatar out there with Morgan Freeman spitting out words like unity/inclusion to encourage tourism and then not practicing it.” interfered a commenter. “For all the ‘your country, your rules’ crowd out there, sure. But then they can’t lie about what they really want just to grab money.”
“Morgan Freeman should be ashamed. how much do they pay you How big is your integrity? Never raise your voice to talk about minorities. They just lost that privilege,” blasted another.
Due to the controversy over Qatar hosting the World Cup, other celebrities – including Dua Lipa and Shakira – have either withdrawn from appearing at the event or denied ever considering doing so.
The Post has reached out to Freeman for comment.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/21/morgan-freeman-slammed-for-taking-part-in-2022-qatar-world-cup-opening-ceremony-should-be-ashamed/ Morgan Freeman slammed for attending Qatar 2022 World Cup opening ceremony: ‘Should be ashamed’