Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and Korean singer Jeon Jungkook of BTS headlined the World Cup opening ceremony at the Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar on Sunday before the opening game between Ecuador and the host country.
Freeman’s surprise appearance at the Qatar World Cup opening ceremony divided fans with some praising him for his powerful speech and some questioning why would he want to be involved in the controversy surrounding the ethics of the sports event.
Freeman’s powerful dialogue at World Cup opening ceremony
Marking an iconic moment in the history of the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup, Freeman walked onto the stage and was invited to “come on over” by Qatari youth Ghanim al Muftah, who is an entrepreneur and influencer born with Caudal Regression Syndrome, a rare disorder which impairs the development of the lower spine.
As the actor answered: “I’m not sure. Am I welcome?”
The young man replied, “We sent out the call because everyone is welcome. This is an invitation for the whole world.”
“What unites us here in this moment is so much greater than what divides us,” Freeman said in his conversation with al Muftah about unity and respect. “How can we make it last longer than just today?”
The actor then stretched his left hand—covered in a compression glove due to his fibromyalgia condition—to reach the hand of his collocutor.
#QatarWorldCup2022 Opening Ceremony
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First Korean act to perform at World Cup
As the show continued, 25-year-old Korean pop star Jeon Jungkook of BST took to the stage later, becoming the first Korean artist to perform at the World Cup.
His song, “Dreamers,” is FIFA World Cup Qatar’s official theme song.
FIFA expects that five billion viewers will tune in to watch the World Cup—much more than the 3.5 billion viewers of 2018.
FIFA World Cup – Dreamers by Jungkook
(full version of the performance)
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