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A division has formed over Joe Lycett after he appeared to shred £10,000 – with some saying he has ‘ruined his career’. The Brummie comedian shared a clip of him performing the stunt after his World Cup ultimatum to “gay icon” David Beckham.
Lycett, 34, urged the former England captain to cut ties with Qatar officials before the start of the tournament – but Beckham ignored his plea. Controversy surrounds World Cup hosts Qatar where homosexuality is outlawed.
In a video last week, Lycett said he would donate £10,000 of his own money to charities that support LGBTQ+ people in football if Beckham, who reportedly signed a multi-million pound deal with Qatar, ended the relationship.
The ex-Manchester United star did not pull out of his deal, leading Lycett to throw his ‘money’ into a shredder moments before Qatar kicked off against Ecuador this afternoon.
It’s unclear if Lycett shredded real cash. Some suspect it’s just a publicity stunt and the comedian will eventually donate to a LGBTQ+ charity.
Others, however, appeared to believe the stunt was real and have slammed Lycett for destroying the money amid the cost of living crisis.
(Image: Joe Lycett Twitter)
BirminghamLive reader Diane Johnson wrote on Facebook: “How to ruin your career…a PR stunt for your own egotistical attention when there are countless charities that could benefit? With so many families hungry, cold and on the breadline, he got this massively wrong! What has shredding money got to do with human rights violations?”
Agreeing, Peter Quill said: “Extremely distasteful in the current financial climate we live in. He should have donated the money to an LGBTQ+ charity.”
San Brennan added: “I am sickened…