Celebrities attack David Beckham for accepting the post of ambassador for the World Cup in Qatar
David Beckham has drawn backlash for accepting the controversial role of ambassador for Qatar Tourism during the FIFA World Cup.
The former England footballer has been slammed across the internet by a slew of social media users as well as celebrities who have called him out for hurting people’s feelings.
The backlash began after news circulated about the former Manchester United star player being paid £10million for promoting the Middle Eastern country as a welcoming tourist destination amid human rights abuses
Beckham, 48, has been criticized for supporting Qatar despite its tough laws on homosexuality. He has yet to deal with the backlash, but celebrities have condemned his well-paid ambassador deal.
Former Pop Idol star Will Young penned a scathing open letter urging Beckham to donate a portion of his reported earnings to LGBTQIA+ charities each year.
“What is undoubtedly clear, however, is that having a star like you @davidbeckham, whom I once sang to on your birthday (not for money, I’d like to add quickly), disappointed me more than I can say,” he said the singer.
He added: “The decision to take the alleged £150m over 15 years is greedy enough, burying your head in the sand by you, your team and your advisers is repugnant and cowardice personified.”
Comedian Joe Lycett also slammed Beckham. In a video he said: “This is my final message to David Beckham, it’s me who shredded loads of money in a livelihood crisis.
Lycett added, “I’m not even queer! Just kidding. There’s one thing I’m going to destroy – that’s your Attitude magazine cover from June 2002, the first ever cover of a gay magazine with a Premier League footballer on it,” adding: “I asked Attitude if I could destroy it, and you were more than happy to comply.”
Speaking at the TV Choice Awards this month, Strictly Come Dancing star John Whaite said it was a “disgusting” move and that David was “cheaping himself”.
“I think he has the power to make big changes in this world,” he added. “Millions if not billions of eyes are on him and he’s making the wrong move right now.”
The Bake-Off winner continued, “As someone with so much power and money, he has an opportunity to really, literally change lives, and he’s doing the exact opposite. So be ashamed of him.”