Nicki Minaj To Headline Festival In Saudi Arabia
Nicki Minaj will perform in the ultraconservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it was announced Tuesday.
The rap star will headline the Jeddah World Fest on July 18 at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium. Other performers include Liam Payne and Steve Aoki.
As required by Saudi law, females attending the concert must wear the abaya – prompting accusations on social media of hypocrisy.
“She’s going to go and shake her a** and all her songs are indecent and about sex and shaking a** and then you tell me to wear the abaya,” one woman said in a video rant shared on Twitter, according to the Associated Press.
Saudi Arabia has, in recent years, loosened its rules about public entertainment but gender segregation remains the norm in some public places.