Joe Lycett appears to have shredded £10,000 live on his website after calling out David Beckham for endorsing the World Cup in Qatar. Dressed in a tasselled, rainbow-coloured jacket, the comedian could be seen throwing what appeared to be £5,000 into a red shredder, before destroying the second £5,000. Mr Lycett has been counting down to Sunday, when the opening ceremony in Qatar will take place, since his announcement, posting a picture of a shredder on his Twitter page on Friday alongside the caption “48 hours to go”. He also sent an email to Mr Beckham’s PR on Wednesday after the former England international failed to respond to his request, saying “there’s still time for David and his team to do the right thing”.
Hosted on his website benderslikebeckham.com, the Birmingham comic could be seen in a bare, dark room.
On a table in front of the camera was a large stack of cash, believed to be £10,000, as the comedian had promised, and behind was a red shredder.
Mr Lycett appeared on camera a few seconds after the midday deadline and threw the money into the shredder in two attempts.
After the money had been destroyed, he faced the camera, curtseyed and, in silence, walked out of the shot.
Reaction to the comedian’s actions have been mixed, with some describing it as “very distasteful” given the financial crisis facing Britons.
One user wrote: “Well, there goes my highly thought-out opinion of Joe Lycett.” Another wrote: “While I understand you are making a point, all I can think about is all the people who are struggling financially.”
But others were more understanding, with one social media user writing: “For the people missing the point. It’s Joe’s money. If he’d have bought a watch or a car we wouldn’t have cared. The point isn’t about him shredding money, it’s about highlighting the issues with celebrities taking far greater sums from a country with an awful human rights record.”
Another wrote: “Those saying he should have given it away really need to look at the bigger picture. Vent your anger at Beckham if anyone. He would have 100 percent known this was happening.”
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Last week, the comedian issued an ultimatum to the former England captain, saying that he would donate £10,000 to charities “that support queer people in football” if Mr Beckham withdrew from his deal with Qatar but would “throw the money into a shredder” if the deal remained intact.
In his minute-and-a-half announcement speech last week, Mr Lycett, sitting at a desk in front of a pink background a large stack of cash in front him, described Mr Beckham as a “gay icon”.
He jokingly added that marrying former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham was the “gayest thing a human being can do”.
He said: “But now it’s 2022 and you’ve signed a reported £10 million deal with Qatar to be their ambassador during the FIFA World Cup.
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