Colombian singer storms out of interview after he's accused of 'whitewashing' Qatar abuse


The 28-year-old singer, who sings on the World Cup’s official anthem, branded reporter Moav Vardi “rude” for his questions. Mr Vardi asked: “Shakira and Dua Lipa refused to take part in this World Cup due to the bad records of Qatar regarding human rights.

“Obviously people think what, Maluma don’t you have a problem with human rights violations in this country?”

The star replied: “Yeah but it’s something I can’t resolve. I just came here to enjoy life, enjoy soccer, the party of soccer.

“It’s not actually something that I have to be involved with.

“I’m here enjoying my music and the beautiful life playing soccer too.”

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Mr Vardi went on to ask if Maluma’s presence is “helping whitewash” human rights abuses in Qatar.

Maluma then said “we don’t do that” before storming out of the interview and calling the reporter “rude”.

Mr Vardi asked: “I’m rude? Why am I rude Maluma? This is what people say, it is what people think.”

It comes as comedian Joe Lycett has appeared to shred £10,000 of his own money after he presented David Beckham with an ultimatum to pull out of his role as a Qatar ambassador or he would destroy the cash.

The comic set the former England footballer a deadline of midday on November 20 to take action after it was reported Beckham had signed a controversial £10 million deal with the Fifa World Cup hosts.

The contest kicks off this Sunday in Qatar – where homosexuality is still illegal and anyone found participating in same-sex sexual activity can be punished with up to seven years in prison.

Lycett offered to donate £10,000 of his own money to LGBTQ+ charities if Beckham ended the sponsorship before the tournament started, and if not he said he would livestream himself shredding the money along with Beckham’s “status as gay icon”.

Appearing to stand by his decision, the Birmingham-born comedian videoed himself on a Twitch stream wearing a rainbow-layered tulle outfit and placed wads of what appeared to be cash into an industrial shredder, but it was not clear if the banknotes were genuine money.


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Lycett later shared a video of the act to his Twitter and wrote “A platform for progress”.

Prior to the stunt, Lycett had shared a video message directed at Beckham where he commended the footballer for always talking about “the power of football as a force for good”, but said Qatar is “one of the worst places in the world to be gay”.

Lycett told the footballer: “If you end your relationship with Qatar, I will donate ten grand of my own money (that’s a grand for every million you’re reportedly getting) to charities that support queer people in football.

“However, if you do not I will throw the money into a shredder at midday next Sunday, just before the opening ceremony of the World Cup and stream it right here.

“Not just the money, but also your status as gay icon will be shredded.”


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