Comedian Joe Lycett appears to have spent £10,000 of his own money after giving David Beckham an ultimatum to withdraw from his role as Qatar ambassador or he would destroy the cash.
He humorously set the former England footballer a deadline of midday November 20 to act after it was reported Beckham had signed a controversial £10m deal with hosts Fifa World Cup.
The contest begins this Sunday in Qatar, where homosexuality is still illegal and anyone found to be engaging in same-sex sexual activity can be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.
Lycett offered to donate £10,000 of his own money to LGBTQ+ charities if Beckham ends sponsorship before the tournament begins, and if not, he says he will live-stream the money along with Beckham’s “gay status”.
Seemingly on the verge of his decision, the Birmingham-born comedian videoed himself on a Twitch stream wearing a rainbow tulle outfit and placing what appeared to be bills in a public shredder. industry, but it is not clear whether the banknotes are real money.
Lycett later shared a video of the action to her Twitter and wrote “A Platform for Progress”.
Before the stunt, Lycett shared a video message aimed at Beckham in which he praised the player for always talking about “the power of football as a force for good”, but said that Qatar is “one of the worst places in the world. homosexual”.
I’ll throw money in the shredder right before the opening of the World Cup and stream it here. Not only your money but also your gay status will be ruinedJoe Lycett, comedian
Lycett told the footballer: “If you end your relationship with Qatar, I will donate 10k dollars of my own money (that is a thousand dollars for every million dollars you are supposed to receive) for charities that support gay people in football.
“However, if you disagree, I will throw this money in the shredder at noon next Sunday, right before the World Cup opening ceremony, and stream it right here.
“Not only your money but also your status as a gay symbol will be ruined.”
Beckham has yet to publicly acknowledge or respond to the comic.
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Fans of the comedian have received mixed reviews, who have appeared on a variety of comedy shows over the years including Live At The Apollo, Taskmaster, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and also lead the show Channel 4’s consumer rights show, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back.
One fan tweeted: “For those lacking. It’s Joe’s money. If he bought a watch or a car, we wouldn’t care. It’s not about him shredding the money, it’s about highlighting the problem with celebrities receiving much larger sums from a country with a poor human rights record.”
However, others criticized the star for not donating money to a food bank or charity rather than shredding it at a time when the cost of living was soaring.
Former culture secretary Nadine Dorries took to Twitter just hours before the stunt to urge the star to rethink.
Ms Dorries wrote: “The £10k shredding would have netted Joe Lycett more than he paid for and the fact that a paid publicity stunt worked.
“Work done. No one would think badly of him now if he changed his mind at the last minute and donated it to a homeless shelter in time for Christmas.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “While I admire the point you’re trying to make, I really hope you didn’t actually cut the $10k as it could be used to raise money. live a lot of people who are struggling or heating their homes.”
This is not the first time Lycett has performed a stunt in public after being known for her unusual actions aimed at raising awareness of various issues.
Appearing on a variety of comedy shows over the years, he became famous for his stand-up routine, where he would recall his humorous email exchanges when dealing with issues like fines. parking and scammers.
The comedian continues to host Channel 4’s consumer rights show, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, where he takes on major corporations on behalf of consumers.
Among his other publicity stunts, Lycett took the set of Steph’s Packed Lunches by storm last year after the host, Steph McGovern, pointed out a snap of him using a plastic bottle after he announced that he had given up using them.
He then revealed the walk was a stunt aimed at raising awareness about single-use plastic.
In March 2020, he legally changed his name to that of German luxury designer Hugo Boss after the brand used trademark claims to target small businesses and charities. use “boss” in their branding. Then he changed his name back.
He also made headlines in September after he appeared to sarcastically praise former prime minister Liz Truss on the first episode of BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg following Ms Truss’ live interview in the studio. earlier in the program.
Representatives for Beckham and Lycett have been contacted for comment.
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