The 2022 World Cup started in Qatar on November 20th. But the World Cup is highly controversial due to human rights violations, homophobia and the exploitation of guest workers. As a result, some celebrities are boycotting the tournament, while others are making a fortune.
American actor Morgan Freeman hosted the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Freeman is said to have received a million-dollar fee for his role as World Cup ambassador. The 85-year-old was then subjected to severe criticism.
World Cup 2022 in Qatar: These celebrities are boycotting the tournament
A real one broke on social media Shitstorm out. Numerous users accused the Hollywood star of hypocrisy and double standards. Others jumped in, especially since Freeman led through the opening with relative dignity and with supposed good intentions.
Other celebrities refrained from attending the ceremony despite temptingly high fees. Some even spoke about it publicly. Stars like Mariah Carey and Tom Brady received millions in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup as the face of TV spots. However, in our ranking we feature celebrities boycotting the tournament.
British musician Rod Stewart apparently received a lucrative offer to perform during the tournament ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. As the Sunday Times reported, but declined: “I was actually offered a lot of money, over $1 million. I declined. It is not right to go there.”
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