Comedian Joe Lycett said he would ‘never be so irresponsible’ to shred £10,000 and the stunt was to get people talking

21 November 2022, 12:27

Joe Lycett said he would never be so 'irresponsible' to shred £10,000
Joe Lycett said he would never be so 'irresponsible' to shred £10,000. Picture: Joe Lycett / Twitter
Fran Way

By Fran Way

Comedian Joe Lycett has said he would ‘never be so irresponsible’ to shred £10,000 and admitted that the stunt was an elaborate plot to get people talking.

Last week the funny-man gave David Beckham an ultimatum. The choice: if Beckham ends his relationship with Qatar then Lycett would donate £10,000 – a grand for every million Beckham is earning – to charities supporting queer people in football. If he doesn’t: Lycett would shred the money live on a website he made called

It comes after controversy that Beckham, who has traditionally supported the gay community including becoming the first premier league footballer to appear on queer magazines, signed a £10million deal to be the ambassador for the World Cup in Qatar – which was voted the worst country on the planet to be gay.

In Qatar homosexuality is illegal and punishable by imprisonment and even death if you’re Muslim.

In a video last week, Mr Lycett told Beckham: “You’ve always talked about the power of football as a force for good which suggests to me that you’ve never seen West Brom. But generally, I agree.

“So, with that in mind, I’m giving you a choice. If you end your relationship with Qatar, I’ll donate this 10 grand of my own money, it’s a grand for every million you’re reportedly getting, to charities that support queer people in football.

“However, if you do not, I will throw this money into a shredder just before the opening of the World Cup and stream it live on my website.”

By mid-week Beckham hadn’t responded, so Lycett shared a screenshot of the email he sent to his team, saying: “Could you do me a solid and let me know if there’s any chance he might budge on his position, or am I to expect radio silence on this?

“I really don’t want to shred ten grand!!! I also really don’t want a national treasure that has historically supported the LGBTQ+ community to publicly endorse and advertise a nation state that has appalling human rights record and has the death penalty for gays – call me old fashioned.”

But there was still nothing coming from David or his team, so keeping to his word on Sunday afternoon Joe Lycett shared a video of him in a bright rainbow coloured mesh jacket seemingly picking up the wads of cash and shredding them in a bright orange chipper.

However, this morning, the comedian has admitted that it was just an illusion, confirming in a video on social media: “I haven’t quite told you the whole truth.

Joe Lycett said it was all a publicity stunt
Joe Lycett said it was all a publicity stunt. Picture: Joe Lycett / Twitter

“The truth is the money that went into the shredder was real but the money that came out was fake.

“I would never destroy real money, I would never be so irresponsible. In fact, the 10 grand had already been donated to LGBTQ+ charities before I even pressed send on the original tweet last week. I never expected to hear from you. It was an empty threat designed to get people talking.

“In many ways it was like your deal with Qatar, David. Total [rubbish] from the start.

“There is one thing I’ll shred. This is your Attitude Magazine cover from June 2002, the first ever cover of a gay magazine with a Premier League footballer on it. I asked Attitude if I could shred it and they were more than happy to oblige.”

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