Music legend Rod Stewart has just shown himself to be a stalwart ally to the vulnerable people of Qatar after announcing he had turned down an over $1 million offer to play at the Qatar World Cup.
The decision to hold the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been met with outrage and disapproval, given the country’s history (and current) of human rights violations, mainly in the form of systemic discrimination against women and LGBTQ people. The country also has a history of a large number of deaths among migrant workers on construction sites.
Stewart told The Times this week that he was “offered a lot of money, over $1 million, to play there 15 months ago.” But Stewart turned it down, pointing out that the nation had too much turmoil and adding, “It’s not right to go. And the Iranians should be out too for supplying arms.”
Qatar has been working overtime to try to convince the world that women and LGBTQ community members are welcome, saying that all fans “Of any gender (sexual) orientation, religion, race” should feel welcome and safe.
But it doesn’t seem to be working, and only one major headliner is confirmed to perform so far: BTS’s Jung Kook.
Everyone should boycott this World Cup. Show the Middle East they have no power.