Nicki Minaj Cancels Her Concert At A Saudi Arabian Music Festival

2017 MTV Video Music Awards Featuring: Nicki Minaj Where: Inglewood, California, United States When: 27 Aug 2017 Credit: FayesVision/

The Human Rights Foundation is applauding Nicki Minaj’s decision to back out of a concert in Saudi Arabia this summer.

Minaj and others like Steve Aoki, Liam Payne, or the figures of MTV R3wire & Varski, were scheduled to headline the Jeddah World Fest with Nicki being the main headline artist at the music and performance festival, on July 18.

Saudi Arabia is a conservative kingdom where people in some public places are segregated by gender and same-sex relationships are criminalized.

Last week, the nonprofit Human Rights Foundation called for the rapper to cancel her concert, and on Tuesday, it thanked Minaj for her decision.

“THANK YOU @NICKIMINAJ for cancelling your #SaudiArabia concert and for supporting LGBTQ & women’s rights. Millions of people around the world are inspired by your devotion to human rights and human dignity. We at @HRF salute you & are grateful for your leadership,” the group said on Twitter.

Minaj posted a picture on Instagram addressing her change of heart.
“Saudi Arabia I see some of your comments & I want to respond directly to my fans,” the photo reads, “Voice your opinions here.”

She said in a statement, “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.”


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