Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia concert

Rapper Nicki Minaj arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

Rapper Nicki Minaj arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

After sharing her announcement on social media, she took to Instagram and created an open dialogue.

A report by the Associated Press cited Minaj confirming she chose to cancel her gig after "educating" herself on Saudi Arabia and the human rights violations committed in it.

As the statement points out, the One Direction singer is "an outspoken supporter of women's rights and LGBTQ+ rights", but "will be performing for a regime where homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment or death. God is LOVE. NO disrespect to the Saudi govt". "Please do not compare Jamaica to Saudi Arabia", Twitter user Vanessa Williams said. The rapper, who is Trinidadian, clarified her post.

Scrutiny of the country's human rights record intensified after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.

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In its statement, HRF president Thor Halvorssen praises Minaj for pulling out of the festival, while calling out Payne.

Nicki Minaj is the latest star to face controversy. It is surprising that Liam Payne, who so frequently has positioned himself as an ally for oppressed people and sexual minorities, has remained silent despite the public outcry. "We hope that he follows Nicki Minaj's lead". She's been at the top of her game for so many years and we're excited to see where this next chapter leads her. "Megatron" marked the beginning of a new era for Minaj and as we wait for more tunes from the Queen, she's presently getting a few weird looks because of the story she shared as support for A$AP Rocky, who is now behind bars in Sweden.

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. "I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression".

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