Joe Lycett’s latest stunt has divided fans, after he appeared to tear up £10,000 in protest against David Beckham’s participation in the 2022 World Cup.
On Sunday, Lycett made a pledge to cancel the sum (£1,000 for every £1m in Beckham’s alleged contract) if the footballer does not end his contract to protest Qatar’s stance on the issues. LGBT+ topics.
If he did, Lycett has said he would donate the money to charities that support gay people in football, while Beckham’s status as a “gay icon” would remain. whole. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.
In the days leading up to the stunt, many speculated whether Lycett would continue the campaign, with the comic sharing an email earlier in the week in which he told Beckham’s journalist that he ” really don’t want to cut ten thousand dollars.”
However, Lycett appeared on Sunday’s live stream, wearing a tulle jacket in the colors of the Proud Progressive flag to quietly sabotage the money. Then he bowed to the camera and walked away.
The stunt has left fans divided. Some say that, although Lycett’s goal is noble, the money would be better given to charity.
“I know this message is important but there are so many LGBT charities, this money will make a big difference,” one person commented.
Another tweet read: “Wish you had given money to food banks or homeless charities. I can NEVER destroy money when it can help people who have nothing.
“I understand you are making a point, but all I can think of is all the people who are struggling financially,” another commented.
One Instagram commenter wrote that the money may have gone to the food bank as the country slipped into recession.
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However, others argued that Lycett’s stunt was supposed to be offensive, as was the point.
Seeing both sides, one fan said: “I get the Joe Lycett thing. Frustrating. All you can think about is that money should be put to good use. But that’s the problem. Protests do not work without causing discomfort. And Beckham taking millions of dollars he doesn’t need is the bigger problem here.”
One tweet read: “For anyone who thinks Joe Lycett has gone too far with BenderslikeBeckham, please understand that the purpose of protesting is to do something shocking and controversial. If you don’t like the way someone protests, remove the need to object.”
“If you feel uncomfortable about Joe Lycett spending £10,000, that’s the problem,” one person commented. “It’s a statement of annoyance and money: in the face of Qatar’s oppression of gay people and David Beckham profiting from them. It is performance art. It has to make you feel.
“Why is @joelycett more upset than Beckham about this money cut,” said one, arguing that Beckham’s deal goes against “everything he claims to believe”.
“This has raised awareness of how few people still value LGBTQ lives, it raised awareness of how people claiming to be allies can be bribed, and it raised awareness of the whole world. How vile this world cup antics set is… That’s a lot for 10k. This is art,” one tweet read.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/if-you-feel-uncomfortable-thats-exactly-the-point-joe-lycett-divides-fans-as-he-shreds-10000-42159370.html ‘If you feel uncomfortable, that’s the problem’: Joe Lycett divides fans as he ‘chopped £10,000’