David Beckham hasn’t addressed the mountain of backlash he’s faced over the Qatar Tourism deal (Picture: Backgrid)
David Beckham has caught heat for his controversial role as ambassador for Qatar Tourism during the World Cup – and the flame doesn’t appear to be burning out any time soon with a growing number of celebrities making their feelings about it crystal clear.
The retired England footballer is reportedly being paid an eye-watering £10million for the job of promoting the Middle Eastern country as a welcoming tourist destination, no doubt giving ‘Brand Beckham’ a healthy financial boost.
However, the price for his reputation remains to be seen as David, 48, has been slammed for supporting Qatar despite its strict laws around homosexuality – it is illegal to be gay in the country and any same-sex sexual activity can be punishable by up to seven years in prison.
There has also been scrutiny around the deaths of hundreds of local workers who have spent the past decade building infrastructure to host millions of football fans during the six-week tournament.
David is yet to address the criticism but celebrities have been speaking out in their droves to condemn his lucrative ambassador deal.
Former Pop Idol star Will Young penned a blistering open letter challenging the ex-footballer to donate part of his reported earnings every year to LGBTQIA+ charities so that ‘something can be salvaged from this odious deal’.
The singer wrote: ‘Qatar is of course not the only country in the world with appalling records on human rights. The argument that sport is not political is duplicitous and two faced. Look at South Africa during apartheid, look at Russia now. Who decides the yays and the nays?’
‘What is undoubtedly clear however is a star like you @davidbeckham who I once sang for (not for any money I hasten to add) at your birthday has disappointed me more than I can say,’ he added.
Will Young urged David to donate money to LGBTQIA+ charities in a scathing open letter (Picture: Redferns)
Will continued: ‘Our paths crossed a fair few times due to being with 19 Management and you were always friendly and generous. People do things for money we all know that. Here is what irks me the most – not a WHISPER from yourself David to show solidarity, not a WHISPER from yourself to show support for the practical massacre of migrant workers, not a WHISPER David to help LGBTQIA+ communities living under constant danger.
‘The decision to take the alleged £150 million over 15 years is greedy enough, the burying of your head in the sand from you, your team and your advisers is repellent and cowardice personified.’
The Evergreen hitmaker then urged David to donate £1m to LGBTQIA+ charities for every year he earns £10m.
‘Can something be salvaged from this odious deal? Perhaps …read more