Nicki Minaj has come under fire for teasing the 2022 FIFA World Cup Anthem.
The rapper took to Instagram to post a teaser of three pairs of football boots.
In each boot is the name of one of the three performers’ songs: Minaj, Colombian singer Maluma and Lebanese singer Myriam Fares. The three numbers that appear – 11, 18 and 22 – seem to indicate that each will fall at the end of this week, on Friday 18 November.
Backlash was prompt, with many pointing out that Nicki Minaj was hypocritical, considering that she has a queer fantasy that can safely visit Qatar to watch the World Cup because of the country’s host of anti-LGBTQ+ laws.
One Tweet read: “Hi @nickiminaj not sure if you know but your LGBTQ+ supporters from Qatar are in danger and you are funding and standing up for your vile views. Qatar has decided that it is one of the worst things in the world to be gay. Homosexuality is illegal and punishable by imprisonment.”
Another said: “Nicki Minaj performing a song for the Qatar Cup, when that country is violently homophobic and against LGBTQ+ rights is something, especially when most of her imagination is part of that community.”
Nicki Minaj did not respond to the critic.
Pop star Dua Lipa recently shut down rumors that she would be training for the World Cup, writing: “There is now a lot of speculation about me performing at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar. I’m not playing and I’m not involved in any business. I’ll be cheering England on from afar and I’m looking forward to visiting Qatar when He filled all human rights with pledges when he won the right to host the World Cup. One love, Two x”
The FIFA World Cup kicks off on Sunday, November 20, despite many arts fans boycotting the tournament because of Qatar’s LGBTQ+ rights record. Under Qatar’s 2004 Penal Code, queer people can, if convicted, be jailed for up to seven years for having sex, and same-sex relationships are punishable by death under Sharia law.
Qatar’s ambassador to the UK said LGBTQ+ fans can visit the country to “hold hands”; He declared, however, that they were “mindful” of public affection.
Last week the German government damned comment by the World Ambassador of Qatar, who described homosexuality as “damage in the mind” in an interview with German television.
Khalid Salman, a former Qatari international footballer, and one of several official representatives in the upcoming tournament, said that gay people coming to the country should “accept our receipts”.
Germany’s interior minister, who is also in charge of the game, called the statement “terrible”.