The football tournament kicked off in Qatar on Sunday (20 November), with England winning their first match 6-2 against Iran the following day.
After the win on Tuesday (21 November), the sports comedy show The Last Leg shared their anthem for the World Cup on social media, which was first broadcast during the episode on Friday (18 November).
To the tune of David Baddiel, Frank Skinner, and The Lightning Seeds’ track “Three Lions”, the parody song points to some of the controversies attached to the event and its host country.
In The Last Leg’s version of the song, “It's becoming homophobic” is sung in place of the original chant: “It’s coming home, it’s coming.”
“Everyone seems to know the score / but we just can't ignore / Dead workers on the floor,” host Adam Hills sings in the clip.
However, the lyrics that have drawn particular attention from social media users make reference to LGBTQ+ people facing violence.
“But in Qatar if Alan Carr toured / And was joined by Boy George / And then even RuPaul / They could end up / Three heads on a spike”, the song continues.
Across social media, fans of the show have shared their opinions, with many questioning the graphic imagery in the lyrics.
“Using the imagery of dead queer people when we are murdered every day and the racist notion that Qatari people will put heads on spikes is gross,” one viewer remarked.
Another comment added: “I was cool with it up until three heads on a spike. Like I get the point it's cool but so extra,” while someone else chimed in with the simple question: “What were they thinking?”
However, there were also some who saw the use of drawing light to the troubles faced by queer people in Qatar in this way.
“People offended by this are completely missing the point,” begins one viewer’s defence. “It’s poking fun at the ridiculousness of our country getting behind something so shameful as this year’s World Cup.”
The Independent has reached out to Channel 4 for comment.