Joe Lycett defends Qatar shows following his criticism of David Beckham

Joe Lycett defends Qatar shows following his criticism of David Beckham

The comedian addresses allegations of “hypocrisy” made in response to an article about his performances in Qatar. Lycett threatened to spend £10,000 of his own money last month if Beckham didn’t back out of a pact with the World Cup host, where homosexuality is prohibited.

The comedian Joe Lycett addressed rumors that he had previously performed in Qatar after criticizing David Beckham‘s activities there.

Last month, the comedian made a threat to burn £10,000 of his own money if the former England player didn’t back out of a purported $10 million pact with the World Cup host, where homosexuality is against the law.

Following the publication of a report in The Sun claiming that Lycett had performed in Doha a few years prior, Lycett mockingly tweeted on Wednesday that he had been “found out” by the publication.

In his 2016 book, the comedian has previously highlighted his performances in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Qatar.

“Oops!” wrote Lycett. The Sun has me by surprise!

“I performed at two events in Doha in 2015 while keeping them completely a secret by writing about them in my own book and bringing them up in several interviews, including one with the New York Times!

If it’s any consolation, I was paid a few hundred pounds in 2015 (not by Qatar, but by UK comedy promoters), but that money bought a lot more back then.

Joe Lycett defends Qatar shows following his criticism of David Beckham

“I believe it would have made a difference if a well-known comic from the day (like Shane Ritchie) had spent a few hundred pounds to convince me not to go. Yet who is to say?

I lack The Sun newspaper’s flawless morals and perfect hindsight, to provide a wholly arbitrary example.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan tweeted to Lycett: “The issue is that despite being compensated to appear there as well, you chose to position yourself as the world’s foremost moral authority on Beckham and LGBT rights in Qatar.

“It’s a little pitiful of you to blame the media for revealing your hypocrisy.”

After Beckham ignored Lycett’s warning to burn £10,000, the comedian pretended to shred the money live on camera.

Later, he admitted the money was false and that he had donated the funds to organizations supporting LGBT+ people.

The prank raised issues with the World Cup being held in a nation where same-sex partnerships may result in a seven-year jail sentence.

The policies and attitudes of Qatar towards migrant labor and the LGBT+ community have drawn criticism.

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