Nicki Minaj has canceled her July 18 Jeddah World Fest performance in Saudi Arabia.
Nicki was scheduled to perform at the Jeddah World Fest at Saudi Arabia’s King Adubllah Sports Stadium until Nicki Minaj was send a five page letter from, the Human Rights Foundation, asking, Nicki Minaj to cancel her performance due to rights violations that have come under the kingdom’s absolute monarchy, including the harsh treatment towards the women and the LGBTQ community.
Nicki Minaj has cited to the Associated Press, “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”.
The Human Rights Foundation felt Nicki Minaj would be sending a wrong message if she performed especially with the fact that Saudi Arabia enforces gender separation among public schools, universities and private businesses and let’s not forget, homosexuality is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.
The music festival is still set to occur at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, not far from where five guys were beheaded for being homosexuals, this past April and the concert is still expected to include singer Liam Payne and DJ Steve Aoki.
However, people are making a joke out of this ordeal and Nicki Minaj’s decision was for the rights of people and shouldn’t be backlashed, this was a great deed no matter who will be in attendance or who will be performing. The era that we live in have superseded past weird. Thoughts?