Nicki Minaj Pulls Out Of Saudi Arabia Show
Nicki Minaj has canceled her upcoming show in Saudi Arabia after receiving complaints and concerns from human rights groups. Rap-Up reports that Nicki pulled out of the Jeddah World Fest, which was scheduled to take place on July 18th at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium.
According to Billboard, the Queens rapper said in a statement, "After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest. While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression."
Nicki’s decision comes after she received complaints from activists, including Human Rights Foundation CEO Thor Halvorssen, who pushed for her to cancel the performance. In Halvorssen’s five-page letter to Nicki, he pointed out Saudi Arabia’s human rights crisis, and noted its treatment of women and abuse of the LGBTQ community.
He said, "Since coming to power in 2017, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has spearheaded a crackdown on human rights, especially those of the women who live in his Kingdom. If you move forward with this performance for a festival sponsored by the Crown Prince, you will be in league with the people who respond to freedom of expression and thought with murder."