After much backlash from fans, American female rapper Nicki Minaj has cancelled her concert in Saudi Arabia after “educating” herself about some of the human right issues going on in the country.
The rapper who was originally set to headline the Jeddah world music fest on July 18, released a statement saying “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.”
Meanwhile, Her longtime collaborator and friend August Alsina has been hospitalized after losing his ability to walk.
Thor Halvorssen, the president of a Human Rights Foundation in New York hailed Nicki Minaj’s decision. He said in a statement “This is what leadership looks like. We are grateful to Nicki Minaj for her inspiring and thoughtful decision to reject the Saudi regime’s transparent attempt at using her for a public relations stunt. Minaj’s moral stance differs from celebrity performers like J-Lo and Mariah Carey who in the past have chosen to line their pockets with millions of dollars and stand with dictatorial governments as opposed to with oppressed communities and imprisoned human rights activists.”
Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Black eyed peas have all performed in the country in the past.