As TV networks rake in millions of dollars from World Cup coverage, they have a responsibility to shine a light on what’s really happening inside Qatar.
Every four years, millions of soccer fans tune into networks like FOX and the BBC to watch their favorite soccer players play in the world’s biggest tournament – the World Cup. But this year, they’ll be watching the games take place in Qatar – a country that severely punishes people for simply being LGBT+.
With the World Cup just months away, TV networks will soon be showing what a modern and cosmopolitan nation Qatar has become. But they must realize, they also have a responsibility to shine a light on Qatar’s dangerous and deadly treatment of LGBT+ people. These networks cannot simply show the glitzy new stadiums and glistening modern skyscrapers. They must speak to the reality on the ground for LGBT+ Qataris, which includes 3-5 years imprisonment and even the death penalty for being gay.
And these networks should have no issue doing just that. Both FOX and the BBC allegedly value inclusivity and diversity and respect human rights – at least according to their company manifestos. Will you tell FOX and the BBC to hold FIFA and Qatari officials accountable for their LGBTphobia?