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Miss Maluma storms out of interview when asked about Qatar's human rights record

One of the artists behind a theme song of the 2022 World Cup stopped a live TV interview and walked out after he was asked about the issue of Qatar's human rights record.

During a broadcast on Israeli public television in Qatar, Colombian singer-songwriter Maluma left the set calling Israel's KAN News chief international correspondent Moav Vardi "rude."

Viral video shows the singer was asked about stars including Shakira and Dua Lipa, who refused to be involved with the World Cup due to Qatar’s poor record on human rights.

In the taping, Vardi asked: "Don't you have a problem with human rights violations in this country?"

“Yeah but it’s something I can’t resolve. I just came here to enjoy life, enjoy soccer and the party of soccer,” Maluma responded. “It’s not something that I actually have to be involved with. I’m here enjoying my music and the beautiful life, playing soccer too.

Vardi then pushed Maluma on the matter, asking if he understands why people might have an issue with his response.

"But can't you understand that people (are) gonna say, by the very presence of you here, you are helping whitewashing (the situation)," the reporter asks.

“Do I have to answer that question?” Maluma said, looking off screen.

Someone heard off set is then heard telling him no.

"You’re rude,” Maluma told the reporter, then stood up and walked off the set.

A campaign to promote diversity and inclusion in soccer at the 2022 World Cup was stifled ahead of Monday's games. Following FIFA's threat of yellow cards for any players wearing the "OneLove" armbands during the World Cup, the federations of England, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland have asked their captains not to wear them.

"We can't put our players in a position where they could face sporting sanctions including bookings, so we have asked the captains not to attempt to wear the armbands in FIFA World Cup games," the federations said in a joint statement Monday.

It's another move in which FIFA appears to side with Qatar, where LGBTQ people have been arrested and abused while in custody, according to Human Rights Watch. The federation on Friday banned alcohol sales at World Cup stadiums, a rule reversal that seen as a way to placate Qatar, where drinking in public is not allowed.

Maluma teamed up with hip hop star Nicki Minaj and Lebanese singer Myriam Fares for the latest addition to the official soundtrack of the World Cup in Qatar.

The single “Tukoh Taka,” with lyrics in English, Spanish and Arabic, was released on Friday, two days ahead of the start of the tournament.

It’s the latest in a series of songs by artists from around the world released as part of FIFA’s official soundtrack of the 2022 World Cup.

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by Anonymousreply 24November 23, 2022 9:19 PM

The reporter isn't rude for asking a question you are ill prepared to answer.

This world cup is bad publicity for everyone involved, including Morgan Freeman.

Sometimes money comes with so many negative strings attached, it's best for you to pass on the offer.

by Anonymousreply 1November 23, 2022 1:51 AM

Let's be real.

Maluma is only in it for the money, so he doesn't want to upset his benefactors.

by Anonymousreply 2November 23, 2022 1:54 AM

Maluma is ditzy eye candy to me, I wouldn’t expect him to be anything else.

by Anonymousreply 3November 23, 2022 1:55 AM

If celebrities refuse a paying gig every time a person or an event is antithetical to whatever is the progressive issue du jour then they wouldn’t be rich and they wouldn’t be celebrities.

by Anonymousreply 4November 23, 2022 2:05 AM

[quote] "But can't you understand that people (are) gonna say, by the very presence of you here, you are helping whitewashing (the situation)," the reporter asks.

I mean, same goes for literally every athlete that participates in this charade. Or even the reporter himself to an extent.

by Anonymousreply 5November 23, 2022 2:07 AM

R3- The only thing I want to know about him is if he has a


by Anonymousreply 6November 23, 2022 2:08 AM

r5 if he had said that, it would be closer to the truth than accusing the reporter of rudeness.

by Anonymousreply 7November 23, 2022 2:13 AM

r6 all I want to see is his bussy. Now asking him to present it, now that would've been rude.

by Anonymousreply 8November 23, 2022 2:17 AM

People don't really care about human rights when the alternative is money or fun for themselves.

There's so much hand-wringing and faux self-flagellation in the US about our history of slavery, but it seems every American will jump at any chance to go play in Dubai and completely ignore the slaves who are building every aspect of that emirate. It's so disappointing.

by Anonymousreply 9November 23, 2022 2:20 AM

"Do I have to answer that question?" This sounds like something that a little boy would say.

by Anonymousreply 10November 23, 2022 2:25 AM

He's Colombian. The proper response would've been "Miss, with all due respect, we have our own problems."

by Anonymousreply 11November 23, 2022 2:28 AM

Hire a better publicist.

by Anonymousreply 12November 23, 2022 2:33 AM

Is he uncut?

Was the reporter??

by Anonymousreply 13November 23, 2022 2:33 AM

Fuck Qatar.

Fuck Saudi Arabia.

Fuck the UAE.

And it likes like it's time again to say "Fuck Israel."

Plus the usual suspects. Buying sports events isn't earning of these scums a point.

by Anonymousreply 14November 23, 2022 2:36 AM

That's an inappropriate question. We have not human rights.

by Anonymousreply 15November 23, 2022 3:16 AM

R6 I too would like to know if he has a big penis, do you think his dick is big?

by Anonymousreply 16November 23, 2022 10:10 AM

^^I think the dick that fucks him in the ass is big.

by Anonymousreply 17November 23, 2022 10:14 AM

So he's managed to make him look even worse with this. When will these already wealthy, money-grubbing celebrities (I'm also aiming this at David Beckham) realise that there are some things more important than money? I especially can't understand it when the already obscenely wealthy, like Beckham, do this. Absolutely gross behaviour.

by Anonymousreply 18November 23, 2022 10:22 AM

[quote]Maluma teamed up with hip hop star Nicki Minaj

Well that was his first mistake.

by Anonymousreply 19November 23, 2022 10:28 AM

In the 2000s, all the celebrities got paid to appear at birthday parties and events for really shady people in the Middle East and shit. I think they stopped doing it because of social media.

by Anonymousreply 20November 23, 2022 1:55 PM

Isn't Maluma supposed to be gay?

by Anonymousreply 21November 23, 2022 8:13 PM

A good publicist will tell you to stay the fuck out of Qatar.

If you do have to accept this gig, a good publicist will arrange for interviews with questions that have been reviewed and approved of beforehand.

by Anonymousreply 22November 23, 2022 8:23 PM

Exactly, R22.

And he was being interviewed for an Israeli publication.

You know they won't be sympathetic towards the Qataris.

by Anonymousreply 23November 23, 2022 8:25 PM

Maluma isn’t smart or aware. He’s eye candy. He shouldn’t be doing any interviews. His advisers must be clueless.

by Anonymousreply 24November 23, 2022 9:19 PM
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