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Nicki Minaj calls off Saudi Arabia performance

Nicki Minaj calls off Saudi Arabia performance”

"After careful reflection I have chose to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest", Nicki Minaj said in a media statement issued by her publicist.

Other performers include former One Direction member Liam Payne and DJ-producer Steve Aoki.

"After careful reflection I have chose to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest", she told the publication. Jeddah World Fest, which in line with Saudi laws is alcohol and drug-free, is open to people 16 and older and will take place at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in the Red Sea city.

The Human Rights Foundation issued a statement last week begging the "Bang Bang" hitmaker to withdraw from the festival as they couldn't understand why she would celebrate Gay Pride one week and then support Saudi Arabia another.

"Nicki Minaj demonstrates what leadership looks like", said Halvorssen.

In addition, the group sent Payne a letter urging him to reconsider performing in Saudi Arabia. The human rights organization is fighting a regime in this country that insists on the separation of the sexes and the oppression of women's rights.

Minaj was initially booked to headline the concert on July 18, but backed out to support the human rights struggle in the middle east country, where gender segregation is still enforced in many restaurants and institutions. "We hope that he follows Nicki Minaj's lead".

The post amassed more than 15,000 comments within the first hour, as fans pleaded with the rapper to reconsider her decision.

Do you believe Nicki Minaj made the right choice dropping out of the performance?

This comes at a time the ultraconservative Kingdom has been trying to loosen restrictions on entertainment under the claimed social reforms by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In March, the kingdom drew further criticism when it put 10 women's rights activists on trial.



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