Morgan Freeman is being criticized by fans for participating in this year’s Qatar World Cup opening ceremony on Sunday, and even narrated the opening segment in the Middle Eastern country, which has been accused of repeated human rights abuses. .
The 85-year-old actor kicked off the festival at Al-Bayt Stadium in Doha, according to the newspaper. Independence.
The Oscar winner told the crowd: “We are gathered here as one big tribe and Earth is the tent we all live in.
Qatar government bans LGBTQ armbands for all World Cup soccer players as human rights abuses take center stage
The Qatari government has taken several measures to ban armbands in support of the LGBTQ “OneLove” campaign. According to FIFA, players who wear such armbands will be given a yellow card.
Qatar also banned the consumption of meat products and beer, two days before the matches started.
The human rights situation in Qatar remains a constant concern for a number of NGOs, in particular Human Rights Watch, which reported in 2012 that hundreds of thousands of migrant workers mainly South Asians working in the construction industry in the country are at risk of severe exploitation and abuse, sometimes equivalent to forced labor.
The National Human Rights Commission was established in 2002 to investigate such human rights violations.
Fans use social media to express outrage at Morgan Freeman’s presence at the country’s Opening Ceremony
And fans were quick to praise Freeman for participating in the country’s opening ceremony.
Who is Ghanim Al Muftah, the Qatari icon who shares the stage with Morgan Freeman?
– Delali Phrank Awutey (@delaliphrank) November 21, 2022
“For someone playing the part of Nelson Mandela who understands better than anyone the impact and importance of isolating a country and its success on the basis of changing its policies,” one Angry fans tweeted. “It is disappointing to see #MorganFreeman taking money and supporting an oppressive regime.”
Another tweeted “Morgan Freeman is really determined to go to the depths of hell huh”
“Qatar is out there with Morgan Freeman spewing words like solidarity/inclusion in an effort to promote tourism, and then not practicing it,” a third commented. “For all the ‘country by their rules’ crowd out there, sure. But then they can’t lie about what they’re actually doing just to make money.”
For someone playing the part of Nelson Mandela – who understands better than anyone the impact and importance of isolation on a country and its success in changing its policies – it is worth it. Disappointed to see #MorganFreeman take money and support an oppressive regime😥 # gutted
– Gary Webster (@RealGaryWebster) November 20, 2022
“Morgan Freeman should be ashamed. How much do they pay you? What is your integrity? Never raise your voice to talk about minorities. You just lost that privilege,” another commenter criticized.
Human rights issues caused other celebrities and performers to drop out of the World Cup
The ongoing controversy in the World Cup host country has seen a number of celebrities pull back from engagements, including Shakira and Dua Lipa.
Freeman did not reply immediately New York Post Officerequest comment.