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Spice Girls’ Mel C wouldn’t feel “comfortable” performing at World Cup in Qatar as LGBTQ+ ally

Melanie C said she would not be “comfortable” running at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar as an LGBTQ+ ally.

The host country has been widely criticized for its views on homosexuality (which is illegal in Qatar), women’s rights and the death of migrant workers who built the stadiums for the tournament.

Many artists have distanced themselves from the ’22 World Cup as a result, including Dua Lipa and Rod Stewart.

David Beckham, for his part, has come under fire for his £10m bid to act as the tournament’s ambassador, which is seen to be at odds with the star’s status as a “gay icon”.

Comedian Joel Lycett recently described Beckham’s deal as “utter bullshit” as he revealed the truth behind his £10,000 cash stunt.

in statements to the Daily MailMel C – whose former Spice Girls bandmate Victoria is married to Beckham – explained: “Personally, I’m an ally of the LGBTQ+ community and it’s not something I’m comfortable with.

“People want to go there and help make a change. Each to their own, but for me it wouldn’t be if the offer came.”

Earlier this month, Lycett offered to donate £10,000 of his own money to gay charities if Beckham ended the sponsorship deal before the World Cup started and promised to throw the money in the bin if he failed.

The comedian appeared to make good on his promise on Sunday (November 20) before explaining that he had donated the money rather than destroying it.

“I never expected to hear [de Beckham]he told viewers in the video, “it was an empty threat designed to get people talking. In many ways, it was similar to your discussion with Qatar, David. Total bullshit from the start.”

The clip ended with Lycett vandalizing the cover of Beckham’s June 2002 Attitude magazine. It was the first time a gay magazine featured a Premier League footballer on its cover.

This Monday (November 21), the England team defeated Iran 6-2 in their first match of the 2022 World Cup. On Friday (November 25) they will face the United States.

England manager Gareth Southgate previously promised his players would speak out about human rights abuses during the tournament. “For the LGBT community, we stand for inclusion and we are very strong about that,” he said. “We think it’s important in terms of all our fans.”

However, earlier this week England, Wales and five other nations announced they would no longer be wearing “OneLove” armbands at the World Cup in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams has defended his decision to perform on the sidelines of this year’s World Cup next month. The pop star said it would be “hypocritical” not to go to Qatar, “because of the places I can go.”

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