Since the announcement that the 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar, there has been widespread unrest around the world. Millions of people are threatening FIFA to boycott the sporting event of the year. But at least as many can only shake their heads at this project. One thing is certain for them: they definitely don’t want to miss out on the tournament. Among them is a well-known pop singer.
Unlike most public figures who have spoken out against the World Cup in Qatar for political reasons, the hit star openly admits that he is looking forward to the TV event.
The World Cup in Qatar: That’s why it’s criticized
The list of reasons for boycotting the 2022 World Cup is long. The construction of Qatar’s stadiums has claimed thousands of lives that could have easily been prevented through better working conditions. And the environment also has to put up with massive damage for the sports tournament. For example, extra hotels were built in Qatar for the World Cup, which are then completely superfluous and are hardly used, as various media reports.
The biggest point of criticism, however, is the worldview of the Qatari government: homosexuality is forbidden in the desert state. Members of the LGBTQ community are oppressed, discriminated against, arrested and even punished with death. This does not correspond to the cosmopolitanism that the World Cup actually stands for.
Pop star Bernhard Brink comes out as a World Cup fan
It is understandable that, given these circumstances, many people feel uncomfortable tuning in to the football games and possibly attending the World Cup celebrations. “I’m torn. As far as the human rights situation on site is concerned, I find it very questionable,” admits pop singer Eric Philippi in the “Meine Schlagerwelt” interview.
His experienced Schlager colleague Bernhard Brink sees things a little differently. He clarified to the medium: “I will base my plan on being able to see as many games as possible. Of course I’ll watch it and I’ll enjoy it.” For the 70-year-old musician, the enjoyment of sport clearly outweighs the political situation.
The opening match of the 2022 World Cup will take place on November 20th. Then we will see how many people really remain steadfast.