“If 6,500 lifeless, that passes, then I’ve room”: a columnist from Tipik severely tackles RTBF for the printed of the World Cup in Qatar
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is approaching and continues to trigger controversy. Rightly so, in view of the ecological aberration that this represents (air-conditioned stadiums within the desert), and the disastrous working circumstances wherein the employees function for the development of the stadiums. As famous The Guardian in February 2021 greater than 6,500 employees from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka died within the nation since Qatar obtained the group of the World Cup ten years in the past.
Just lately, voices are rising and calling for a boycott of the competitors like Eric Cantona or Vincent Lindon. This Wednesday morning on Tipik, the Belgian-Canadian columnist and humorist Dan Gagnon tackled RTBF, his employer, which would be the official broadcaster of the World Cup in Belgium.
Starting by recalling the violations of employees’ rights for the development of stadiums, the comic then continued, beneath the embarrassed laughter of the animators: “I puzzled if it was inappropriate for me to speak about this right here. Then I stated to myself ‘if for RTBF, 6,500 deaths, that is okay, then I’ve room. I may nonetheless kill 6,499 individuals and are available again on air subsequent week, simple!”
“Extra severely, I giggle with that as a result of I do know there isn’t any discomfort. RTBF totally assumes its alternative”he continued by dismantling 1 to 1 the arguments put ahead by the RTBF to justify the broadcasting of the matches. “Argument 1: it responds to a request from the general public. And it is true. The general public is all the time proper. Me, for instance, I promote heroin and it is a hit”he attacked.“Argument 2: In case you do not broadcast the World Cup, others will anyway. Precisely! That is what I have been saying with heroin for years: if somebody has to generate income with , I prefer it a lot that it is me”.
And finish together with his “most popular argument: broadcasting isn’t endorsement. And we overlook that. It isn’t since you purchase the rights, broadcast the matches and promote promoting through the matches, that you just agree with every part Qatar does. In addition to, few individuals understand it, however for each euro touched by RTBF, thought is donated to Amnesty Worldwide”.
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