Nicki Minaj Pulls Out Of Saudi Concert Over LGBT Rights, Other Concerns
Rapper Nicki Minaj said she is pulling out of her concert scheduled in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in an attempt to show solidarity with LGBTQ community, women rights and freedom of expression.
Minaj’s concert in the kingdom has sparked an online debate of whether the kingdom is ready to undergo change.
Minaj in conversation with the Associated Press said, after “careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest”.
“I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression,” she added.
In another video, Saudi women criticized the Kingdom for calling Minaj to perform while expecting the attendees to be in ‘modest dressing’.
“She’s going to go and shake her ass and all her songs are indecent and about sex and shaking ass and then you tell me to wear the abaya,” the Saudi woman said. “What the hell?”
Over the past several months, Saudi Arabia has seen performances by singers like Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas, and Sean Paul, as well as DJs David Guetta and Tiesto, reports Al Jazeera.