15th December 01:22 PM
Nicki Minaj cancels performance in Saudi Arabia in support of the rights of women and LGBT community
By Naveel Krishant
Wednesday 10/07/2019
Rapper Nicki Minaj [Photo: Pitchfork]

Rapper Nicki Minaj has cancelled a scheduled performance in Saudi Arabia next week citing her support for the rights of women and the LGBT community.

BBC reports her headline billing at the festival in Jeddah triggered an outcry from critics of the country's human rights record.

Others questioned how her revealing outfits and explicit lyrics would go over in the ultra‑conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia has been trying to ease restrictions on entertainment and to encourage growth in its arts sector.

In a statement, Minaj says after careful reflection she has decided to no longer move forward with her scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest.

She says while she wants nothing more than to bring her show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating herself on the issues, she believes it is important for her to make clear her support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression.

Source: BBC

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