Nicki Minaj cancels Saudi Arabia concert amid human rights issues
Nick Minaj has pulled out her concert in Saudi Arabia this month after learning and educating herself about human rights violence occurring in the country.
“After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” the outspoken rapper said in a statement to The Associated Press Tuesday (July 9). “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 schedule for making the Jeddah World Fest on July 18, but she cancels it after the New York-based organization Human Rights Foundation issued an open letter asking her to consider human rights violence practiced in that country against LGBTQ community.
On Tuesday (July 9), Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation, released a statement praising Minaj’s decision to not perform at the concert.
“This is what leadership looks like,” he wrote, in part. “We are grateful to Nicki Minaj for her inspiring and thoughtful decision to reject the Saudi regime’s transparent attempt at using her for a public relations stunt. Minaj’s moral stance differs from celebrity performers like J-Lo and Mariah Carey who in the past have chosen to line their pockets with millions of dollars and stand with dictatorial governments as opposed to with oppressed communities and imprisoned human rights activists.”