Shaughna Phillips brands Joe Lycett ‘disgusting’ after he shredded ‘£10k’ over David Beckham’s World Cup deal with Qatar – before admitting the cash WASN’T real
Comedian Joe, 34, who identifies as pansexual, demanded the former footballer, 47, drop his ambassadorship for the highly controversial World Cup in Qatar, where being gay is illegal with a punishment of up to seven years in jail.
And taking to Twitter on Sunday, the former Love Island contestant, 28, blasted Joe for the livestream, claiming the stunt – which he later admitted to be fake – was ‘absolutely disgusting behaviour’.
Furious: Shaughna Phillips has branded Joe Lycett ‘disgusting’ after he shredded ‘£10k’ over David Beckham’s World Cup deal with Qatar – before admitting the cash WASN’T real
Angry: Taking to Twitter on Sunday, the former Love Island contestant, 28, blasted Joe for the livestream, claiming the stunt was ‘absolutely disgusting behaviour’
She wrote: ‘Someone shredding £10k in this current climate is absolutely vile. Doesn’t matter what the cause was, absolutely disgusting behaviour.’
On Monday, The Great British Sewing Bee host announced he faked the livestream following growing speculation.
The livestream, which was broadcast on a website called benderslikeBeckham, showed a woodchipper in the background with two wads of ‘cash’ in front of it.
Stunt: Comedian Joe livestreamed himself ‘shredding £10,000’ after David failed to pull out of his £10million World Cup deal
A seemingly solemn Joe then walked into shot wearing a fluffy rainbow jacket and put each wad into the shredder, before posing in front of the camera and walking out of frame.
However, the comedian has now revealed the £10,000 cash was never shredded, and has instead been donated to LGBTQ charities.
The Birmingham-born star unveiled the deadline last week in a video message posted on social media in which he offered to donate £10,000 of his own money to LGBTQ+ charities if Beckham ended the sponsorship before the tournament started.
Wow! He shredded the wads of cash one at a time, saying nothing, then left the frame
Phew! Joe has now revealed he faked the shredding and has donated the £10,000 to LGBTQ charities
If not, Joe said he would livestream himself shredding the money along with Beckham’s ‘status as gay icon’.
The livestream had more than 13,000 viewers.
On Saturday the comedian tweeted a photograph of what appears to be a stack of cash with the caption ’24 hours to go…’ and #benderslikeBeckham.
This followed a tweet on Friday of an image of a large woodchipper with the caption ’48 hours to go’.
Sharing the video on Twitter on November 13, Joe said that although Beckham has previously been a vocal supporter of gay rights, he has signed a reported £10 million deal with ‘one of the worst places in the world to be gay.’
Controversial: The comic issued an ultimatum to the former England footballer David Beckham (pictured in November 2021) after it was reported he had signed a £10 million deal with the FIFA World Cup hosts
On November 16, Joe shared an email sent to David’s PR saying there was only four days to go and urging a response, stressing that he did not want to be forced to shred the money.
The comedian issued an ultimatum to the former England striker: if Beckham ends his relationship with Qatar, he will donated the £10,000 to charities supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
But if that doesn’t happen, he said he 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.’
Joe concluded the video by saying: ‘The choice is yours. Look forward to hearing from you.’
Ultimatum: Joe, pictured with the £10,000 of his own money that he said would either be shredded or donated to charity
He also shared the link to the new website called ‘benderslikeBeckham’, which contains a countdown of the time left until he will shred the money.
Joe said during the video: ‘This is a message to David Beckham. I consider you, along with Kim Woodburn and Monty Don, to be a gay icon.
‘You were the first premiership footballer to do shoots with gay magazines like Attitude, to speak openly about your gay fans, and you married a Spice Girl which is the gayest thing a human being can do.
‘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.
Counting: The livestream was on the website set up for the stunt, called benderslikeBeckham, in preparation for 12pm
‘Qatar was voted as the one of the worst places in the world to be gay – homosexuality is illegal, punishable by imprisonment, and if you’re Muslim, possibly even death.
‘You have always talked about the power of football as a force for good. Which suggests to me you have never seen West Brom.
‘But generally I agree – so with that in mind I’m giving you a choice. 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 a gay icon will be shredded.
‘Also you’ll be forcing me to commit what might be a crime. Although even then, I reckon I’ll get off more lightly than I would if I got caught whacking off a lad in Doha.
‘The choice is yours. I look forward to hearing from you.’
Attention-grabbing: On Saturday the comedian tweeted a photograph of what appears to be a stack of cash with the caption ’24 hours to go…’ and #benderslikeBeckham