David Beckham Slammed For Signing $200 Million Qatari Tourism Ambassador Deal

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The 2022 World Cup might be held in Qatar. Will probably be the primary World Cup held in an Arab nation.

Qatar is an especially rich peninsula within the Center East jutting out of Saudi Arabia into the Persian Gulf. Qatar is smaller than the state of Connecticut, however it occurs to be sitting on the world’s third-largest supply of pure gasoline and one of many 15-largest sources of oil.

Thanks to those extremely lucky geographic circumstances, Qatar is the richest nation on the earth by way of per-capita GDP. That is how their police drive Bugattis, Porsches and Lamborghinis (critically, google it… although I believe the overwhelming majority of Qatari police vehicles are Suzukis and different more-normal SUVs).

That is how the Qatari royal household can afford to pay a $1 billion ransom when a pair dozen relations received kidnapped in Iraq whereas on a falconry tour.

That is additionally how the teeny tiny nation is ready to pay David Beckham $200 million to change into its tourism ambassador.

In a deal that was simply revealed by The Day by day Mail, David Beckham will reportedly earn round $20 million per 12 months over the following 10 years to “act as an envoy for the nation and promote tourism and tradition.”

The deal has been described as being value $20+ million per 12 months, but additionally doubtlessly as a lot as $277 million over the last decade.

(Picture by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)

Sadly this has landed Beckham in a little bit of scorching water as a result of Qatar can be pretty controversial.

In keeping with Amnesty Worldwide:

Qatar’s human rights document is troubling – from the nation’s longstanding mistreatment of migrant staff, to its curbs on free speech and the criminalisation of same-sex relations… Qatar’s mistreatment of migrant staff – the folks whose arduous work is making the World Cup doable – is very disturbing.

America division of State has accused Qatar of partaking in pressured labor, particularly within the run as much as the World Cup. A Guardian evaluation alleged that as many as 6,500 migrant staff have died whereas engaged on tasks associated to the World Cup.

The Day by day Mail claims that homosexuality in Qatar is punishable by three years in jail and males might be thrown in jail only for “showing” homosexual.

It ought to be famous that neither Qatar nor Beckham have publicly confirmed the endorsement deal however the Day by day Mail’s sources declare it’s official. Moreover, personal jet watchers have trailed Beckham’s private aircraft flying to and from the nation on quite a few current events. Whereas touring the nation on one go to, he lavished reward on Qatar’s lodges and stadiums.

Some critics are attempting to know how Beckham can sq. his endorsement of Qatar and his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and staunch help of LGBTQ rights.

Beckham is actually not the primary celeb to land in Qatari scorching water. Again in 2017, Jennifer Lopez was shamed after she received a reported $3 million for showing at an occasion in Qatar the place she did a 20 minute Q&A on girls’s rights.

Rothna Begum, a senior girls’s rights researcher at marketing campaign group Human Rights Watch, had this to say about Beckham’s deal:

Celebrities who’re being paid to advertise the Qatari state who think about themselves to be pro-women and pro-women’s rights ought to be utilizing the chance and entry to these in positions of energy to investigate about issues which are taking place.

Then again… it is $200 million… I do not care should you’re already value practically a half-billion {dollars} (that is our present estimate for Mr. Mrs. Beckham), $20 million per 12 months over 10 years to smile and wave in just a few commercials… arduous to withstand!

Would you’re taking Qatar’s cash?


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