Nicki Minaj Pulls Out of Saudi Arabia Show Because Human Rights Violations

Brenda Watkins
July 10, 2019

That decision caused heavy backlash, with many criticizing Minaj for supporting Saudi Arabia's oppressive regime, which is widely known for restricting the rights of women, members of the LGBTQ+ community and journalists.

Just one week after her performance at the Jeddah World Fest was announced, Minaj said in a statement that "after careful consideration" she could no longer participate.

Rapper Nicki Minaj has cancelled a scheduled performance in Saudi Arabia next week, citing her enhance for the rights of women and the LGBT neighborhood.

Minaj was originally scheduled to headline the concert July 18.

The US artist, who is known for provocative dances and explicit lyrics, was supposed to be sharing the stage with other top worldwide performers such as DJ Steve Aoki and British artist Liam Payne who still seem scheduled to perform as per the festival's official website.

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It's been recently reported by Page Six that Nicki took the decision to pull out of a concert in Saudi Arabia in support of women's rights. Human Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen published an open letter, urging Minaj not to perform in the country.

Some of Nicki Minaj's fans were terribly upset when she chose to pull out from a show in Saudi Arabia.

When the live performance was first introduced final week, some Saudis expressed pleasure concerning the newest in a string of performances by Western artists, together with Mariah Carey, DJ Tiesto and the Black Eyed Peas.

Saudi Arabia saw profound change previous year as a result of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's top-down reform efforts, including the opening of the first movie theater and the lifting of the world's only ban on women driving. Examination of the nation's human rights record escalated after the homicide of columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi office in Istanbul last October.

Nicki won't be headlining Saudi Arabia's Jeddah World Fest anymore in support of women's rights and gay rights.

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