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Singer leaves over human rights question

Maluma attends the 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on September 29, 2022 in Coral Gables, Florida.
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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.

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

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