Following his decision to perform at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Robbie Williams reiterated that he is not the right man.
Speaking to Italian magazine il Venerdi, the English singer shared: “It would be hypocritical of me not to go there… because of the places I go.”
Amid ongoing questions about human rights abuses in the Middle Eastern country, several Williams fans are outraged at the “Angels” singer’s choice to perform.
“I do not condone human rights abuses anywhere,” Williams said. “But other than that, if we don’t condone human rights abuses anywhere, it would be the shortest tour the world has ever known: I couldn’t even perform in my own kitchen.”
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Williams did a double hit and criticized those who spoke negatively about the situation. “Anyone leaving messages saying ‘no to Qatar’ is doing so using Chinese technology,” Williams said of the online criticism.
“You get this microscope that says, ‘Okay, these are the bad guys, and we have to rally against them’ … I think the hypocrisy is that when we take this case in this place, we apply that unilaterally must of the world. If we then apply that one-sidedly to the world, no one can go anywhere.”
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Other performers do not share his opinion. Musicians Rod Stewart and Dua Lipa have denied any involvement in this year’s World Cup.
Stewart shared that he was “offered a lot of money, over $1 million, 15 months ago, to play there,” according to The Times. However, Stewart declined the invitation.
“It’s not right to go, and the Iranians should also be out to deliver arms,” he noted.
Lipa used her Instagram story to refute reports that she was involved in the World Cup, writing: “I will not be performing nor have I ever been involved in negotiations to perform… I look forward to visiting Qatar if anything.” fulfilling human rights promises it made when it won the right to host the World Cup.”
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The backlash to the World Cup in Qatar has largely been about discrimination against multiple groups, including the LGBTQ+ community, women and migrant workers.