British comedian Joe Lycett has shredded £10,000 of his own money to protest David Beckham’s multi-million pound World Cup promotion deal with Qatar.
The comedian, who is known for his high-profile stunts, posted an ultimatum on social media last week, warning the former England star that with the money, Beckham’s “gay icon status will be shredded”.
Lycett addressed the message to Beckham personally and said he would donate the money to LGBTQ+ charities if the sports star ends the sponsorship deal before the tournament.
The video issuing the ultimatum showed him with wads of cash, praising Beckham as a gay icon and joking that marrying a Spice Girl was “the gayest thing a human being could do”.
Going on to explain that Qatar has been ‘voted as one of the worst places in the world to be gay’, he then called on Beckham to rethink his £10million deal with the Middle Eastern country .
However, Beckham has not publicly acknowledged or responded to the ultimatum.
On Sunday, hours before the World Cup, Lycett began issuing hourly ultimatums for hevjhn to wear a rainbow-colored ruffled top and throw the cash in a paper shredder.
He created a dedicated website to live stream the shredding.
He later shared a video of the act on Twitter and wrote, “A platform for progress.”
In the UK it is illegal to deface a banknote in any way (through the Currency and Banknotes Act 1928), but it is not illegal to completely destroy a banknote. banknote, for example by burning it.
But if Lycett had burned the equivalent number of dollars in the US or destroyed £10,000 worth of coins, he could have been prosecuted for his actions, because burning or destroying cash in America is illegal, as is the destruction of coins minted after 1969 in the UK. (according to the Currency Act 1971)
Watch the video below
“A platform for progress” pic.twitter.com/EeMelv01nu
—Joe Lycett (@joelycett) November 20, 2022