Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia festival following backlash

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Celebrity rapper, Nicki Minaj, confirms in a statement that she has cancelled her concert at Jeddah, citing her support for LGBT & women rights.

On Tuesday, the Anaconda rapper stated that she will be pulling out from her concert which was to take place next week in Saudi Arabia, because of her support for rights of women and the LGBT community.

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The US Human Rights Foundation had called on Nicki Minaj and a couple of others to pull out of the concert at Jeddah world Fest taking place on 18th July. This was because of the rate of human violations by Saudi Arabia. She then pulls out.

She said in a statement to the associated press:

“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,”.

Though Saudi Arabia has been trying to ease restrictions on entertainment and to encourage growth in its arts sector, however prior to pulling out of the concert, Nicki Minaj suffered a torrent of backlash as critics questioned how her revealing outfits and explicit lyrics would go over in the ultra-conservative kingdom.


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