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Nicki Minaj Pulls Out of Saudi Arabia Show

Nicki Minaj performs at the 2018 BET Awards in Los Angeles Nicki Minaj performs at the 2018 BET Awards in Los Angeles
Lora Ball | 10 July, 2019, 16:29

Nicki Minaj has canceled her headlining set at a music festival in Saudi Arabia following concern from human rights groups.

The "Megatron" rapper was originally supposed to headline the festival on July 18.

Jeddah World Fest, meant to be "one of the biggest music events ever staged in the Middle East", is scheduled to take place on July 18 at King Abdullah Sports stadium, in the coastal city.

On Tuesday, the New York-based organization praised Minaj's decision to not perform at the concert.

Nicki Minaj bends under severe pressure from fans to pull the plug on her upcoming show in Saudi Arabia.

Her decision follows complaints from activists including Human Rights Foundation CEO Thor Halvorssen, who urged Minaj to cancel.

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"This is what leadership looks like".

They outlined the history of oppressing women the country has had among other things and requested Nicki Minaj to rethink her performance in Saudi Arabia.

. Millions of people around the world are inspired by your devotion to human rights and human dignity.

In the a year ago, Saudi Arabia has hosted a throng of artists who have given concerts such as the Black-Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, Sean Paul, Enrique Iglesias and David Guetta. The kingdom is also promising quick electronic visas for worldwide visitors who want to attend.

The festival in Saudi Arabia, which forbids alcohol and has a strict social code, comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pursues a liberalization drive that has led to new cinemas, concerts and sporting extravaganzas. I could make one mistake & go to jail in a diff country where women have no rights. Fans and critics debated over her potential outfits, songs playlist among other details.

While the arena for entertainment is widening, the space for political engagement and dissent has virtually disappeared.

They reminded Nicki Minaj in the letter that while she was a proud ally of the LGBTQ movement, and had even partaken in Pride celebrations, being LGBTQ in Saudi Arabia was a punishable offense.

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