Rod Stewart tells Qatar to fix its human rights record, refuses $1mn to perform in Doha

 

by IANS | Mon, Nov 14, 2022, 02:08 PM

Los Angeles, Nov 14 (IANS) British rock legend Sir Rod Stewart rejected an offer to perform in Qatar even though he was offered more than $1 million.

Offered the seven-figure sum to entertain crowds in the Middle East country - which has been chosen to host the upcoming World Cup but has drawn controversy over the decision because homosexuality is illegal there- in 2021, the 77-year-old rock legend rejected the lucrative gig because it "wasn't right" to go, reports aceshowbiz.com.

"I was actually offered a lot of money, over $1 million, to play there 15 months ago. I turned it down. It's not right to go. And the Iranians should be out too for supplying arms. Tell you what, supporters have got to watch out, haven't they?" he told The Sunday Times.

The upcoming football tournament will feature performances from the likes of former Take That star Robbie Williams as well as Craig David and Tinie Tempah but pop singer Dua Lipa recently slammed rumours that she would be taking to the stage and vowed never to visit the country until "all human rights" are granted.

She said: "There is currently a lot of speculation that I will be performing at the opening ceremony of the world cup in Qatar. I will not be performing and nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to perform. Will be cheering England on from afar and I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup."

FIFA has issued a plea to the 32 competing nations to "let football take the stage" at the tournament in Qatar but the Three Lions boss said that it is "highly unlikely" that the team will adhere to the governing body's request.

Gareth said: "We have always spoken about issues we think should be talked about, particularly the ones we feel we can affect. Contrary to one or two observations in the last few weeks, we have spoken in the same way other nations have spoken about this tournament, the human rights challenges."

"We've been very clear on our standpoint on that. So, look I think we would like to focus primarily on the football. For every player, every coach and everybody travelling to a World Cup, this is a carnival of football."

"So regarding the LGBT community, we stand for inclusivity and we are very, very strong on that. We think that is important in terms of all our supporters. We understand the challenges this tournament brings within that, if it wasn't for the strength of that community, we wouldn't be women's European champions. So it's very, very important to us."

Latest Cinema Updates
Paulo Coelho calls Shah Rukh 'king', 'legend'; SRK replies Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:31 PM
'Pathaan' crosses Rs 700 crore worldwide in 9 days Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:28 PM
'Tere Pyaar Mein' from 'Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar' shot across 8 Spanish locations Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:25 PM
Armaan Malik releases three new versions of his hit track 'Sun Maahi' Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:25 PM
Ellie Bamber plays Kate Moss in new film based on her relationship with Lucian Freud Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:23 PM
Samantha Ruth Prabhu shares photo dump from a busy January Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:20 PM
Ellie Goulding's 'Like A Saviour' has pulsating baseline with 80s-style synth Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:18 PM
Manoj Bajpayee chuffed with response to 'Joram' at Rotterdam film fest Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:16 PM
Kamal's tribute to Vishwanath: 'His art will be celebrated beyond his lifetime' Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:15 PM
'Stalwart of the cinema world': PM condoles Viswanath's passing Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:12 PM
Docu-series 'The Romantics' to feature Rishi Kapoor, his association with Yash Chopra Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:11 PM
Jessica Simpson had an 'enticing' affair her 'younger self would not be proud of' Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:10 PM
Sylvester Stallone, family to feature in reality show 'The Family Stallone' Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:09 PM
Sir Paul McCartney admits to 'completely overdoing' Valentine's Day Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:08 PM
After cancer & suicide attempt, Dwayne Johnson's mom survives car crash Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:07 PM
Harrison Ford says Helen Mirren is 'still sexy' with 'remarkable' acting talent Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:07 PM
Venkaiah Naidu, CMs of Telugu states mourn Vishwanath's demise Fri, Feb 03, 2023, 07:05 PM
Tanishk Bagchi came under 'pressure' to remake Akshay's 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' song Wed, Feb 01, 2023, 01:51 PM
Will Smith, Martin Lawrence announce fourth 'Bad Boys' movie Wed, Feb 01, 2023, 01:50 PM
Dulquer goes gaga over Rocky bhai's gesture; calls him kindest, best host Wed, Feb 01, 2023, 01:48 PM