Morgan Freeman is being criticized by fans for taking part in the opening ceremony of this year’s World Cup in Qatar on Sunday, and he also described the opening ceremony in the Middle Eastern country, which has been accused of constant human rights abuses.
The 85-year-old star kicked off the celebrations at Al-Bayt Stadium in Doha, according to Independent.
“We gather here as one great nation and the Earth is the tent we all live in,” the Oscar winner told the crowd.
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The Qatari government has taken steps to ban equipment supporting the LGBTQ group “OneLove”. According to FIFA, players who play handballs like this will be given a yellow card.
Qatar also banned the consumption of meat and alcohol, two days before the games.
The human rights situation in Qatar has remained a concern for several non-governmental organizations, including Human Rights Watch, which announced in 2012 that hundreds of thousands of South Asian migrant workers working in the country’s construction industry are at risk of harassment and abuse, in some cases . the amount of forced labor.
The International Commission on Human Rights was established in 2002 to investigate human rights violations.
Fans Take To Social Media To Express Their Disgust With Morgan Freeman’s Presence At The National Inauguration.
And fans were quick to applaud Freeman for taking part in the country’s opening ceremony.
Who is Ghanim Al Muftah, the Qatari icon who shared the role with Morgan Freeman?
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— Delali Phrank Awutey (@delaliphrank) November 21, 2022
“To the man who played Nelson Mandela – who knew better than anyone the consequences and importance of national isolation and his success in changing the policies of the country,” tweeted a fan. “Very disappointing to see #MorganFreeman taking money and supporting an oppressive government.”
One person tweeted “Morgan Freeman is determined to go to the deepest hell”
“Qatar is out there with Morgan Freeman spitting out words like unity/unification to boost tourism, then not doing it,” said a third. “For all ‘their own country, their laws’ are multiplying out there, of course. But then they don’t lie that they just want to take money.”
For the man who played Nelson Mandela – who knew better than anyone the consequences & importance of isolationism and his success in changing the world’s agenda – it is sad to see. #MorganFreeman take the money and support the oppressive government😥 #Disappointment
— Gary Webster (@RealGaryWebster) November 20, 2022
“Morgan Freeman should be ashamed. How much do they pay you? How much integrity do you have? Don’t raise your voice to talk about a few people. You just lost that opportunity,” said one commenter.
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Freeman did not immediately respond New York Postrequest for comments.