Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia concert days before performance over women and gay rights concerns

The US-based Human Rights Foundation had earlier urged Nicki Minaj to 'refuse the regime's money' and instead use her global influence to demand the release of jailed women activists.
Nicki Minaj,HollywoodOthers scheduled to perform include British musician Liam Payne and American DJ Steve Aoki.
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Rapper Nicki Minaj made headlines weeks ago and sent the Internet into a frenzy when she announced that she will be performing in Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah World Music Festival. However, the rapper backed out days before her headlining act, citing her support for the rights of women and the LGBTQ community. The Human Rights Foundation is applauding Nicki Minaj's decision. Others scheduled to perform include British musician Liam Payne and American DJ Steve Aoki.

The US-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) had earlier urged Minaj to back out from the festival, saying her appearance would be a lost cause since she supported the festivities in New York marking Gay Pride month in June. They also urged her to 'refuse the regime's money' and instead use her global influence to demand the release of jailed Saudi women activists.

In a statement to AFP, Nicki Minaj said, "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."

"It would break me if even one of my fans were arrested, or BEATEN for expressing themselves,” Minaj had tweeted.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Scores of netizens had questioned Minaj's decisions to perform in the country. Post the requests, Nicki backed out from performing the country. 

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