The upcoming FIFA worldcup, that is to be held in Qatar, is gathering more attention for all the negative reasons. Starting from exploitation and death of over 6,500 migration workers to threats to LGBTQ+ lives, the blatant human right violation is being reported from every corner of the world.
Famous artists are scheduled to perform at the opening ceremony of the event which is coming together on the graves of thousands of people, has become a topic of discussion. Specially after Dua Lipa came forward to clear the rumours of her performing at the event.
Dua Lipa clears rumors about performing at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar.
‘I will not be performing & nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to perform […] I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fullfilled all the human rights pledges it made’ pic.twitter.com/Ca7DA9H1bC
— Pop Base (@PopBase) November 13, 2022
HYBE and BTS are known for talking about human rights and several topics relating to humanity. It came as a huge surprise when Jungkook’s first solo platform was chosen to be a place where a blatant human rights violation is observed.
Netizens are wondering about double standards of the fans of the band who are known for raising their voices for human rights, are also defending the involvement of the idol.
I‘m beyond words at this point over how dense and full of double standard this (and my) fandom is! How are they not getting the point at all? BTS are Unicef ambassadors but they‘re participating (JK) in THIS event? What message does that send? This whole Cup should be boycotted.
— ᴮᴱS.⁷ ᴾʳᵒᵒᶠ ಥ‿ಥ Hoseok is my precious baby! (@blueside_HOSEOK) November 13, 2022
A journalist pointed out how David Beckham and some other celebrities are getting backlash from Knetz but jungkook is getting praised for the same.
TBH the same is true in Korean. There are plenty of headlines slamming David Beckham, but only happy headlines for Jung Kook. Any search in relation to human rights yields zero/unrelated results. pic.twitter.com/qbhCM4Q1q2
— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) November 13, 2022
Fans even resorted to calling out Dua Lipa for withdrawing and covering up for Jungkook.
BTS stans are doing mental gymnastics in the replies and quotes. They don't care about none of this they are blindly attacking dua lipa because jungkook is performing and they don't want any dirt on him. https://t.co/a365sLmPjN
— dalton⁴🧣 (@REPUTATIONAOTD) November 14, 2022
be serious right now, you can be fan of a musical group/artist and still admit that them potentially performing in quatar is a very bad idea
— 𝓐 (@librasgovern) November 13, 2022
Dua's stance against LGBTQ+ persecution & the 6500+ migrant worker deaths of FIFA's 2022 World Cup, of which the state of Qatar is directly responsible & is the largest beneficiary, has nothing to do with private trips to France that didn't benefit the state in any meaningful way https://t.co/YbfHDJbnkF
— Dua Lipa Today (@LipaToday) November 13, 2022
Although a large section of fandom is covering up for the maknae of BTS, several armys came forward to express their withdrawal of support for the event and idol restricting to the event and were attacked.
🎙️ Abdullah Al Nasari, Head of Security at the World Cup in Qatar… 🏳️🌈🇶🇦 pic.twitter.com/gDnJfnmnrd
— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) November 12, 2022
The major collective concern of people is association with the homophobic ideology and the worldcup event, not the country itself.