Nicki Minaj Pulls Out of Saudi Arabia Concert

Nicki Minaj Pulls Out of Saudi Arabia Concert

Nicki Minaj Pulls Out of Saudi Arabia Concert

But for a good reason. By cancelling her concert, she said she wants to "make clear" of where she stands.

Minaj's statement found her saying, "After careful reflection, I have made a decision to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest".

Minaj gave a statement to The Associated Press on Tuesday explaining why she had withdrawn from the festival.

One Direction alum Liam Payne and DJ Steve Aoki are still scheduled to perform at the July 18 music festival, which will be drug and alcohol-free in keeping with the country's laws.

After it was announced that she was going to perform, the New York-based organization Human Rights Foundation issued an open letter asking the rap superstar to pull out of the show, citing rights violations and unfair treatment of the LGBTQ+ community by the kingdom's "absolute monarchy".

Nicki won't be headlining Saudi Arabia's Jeddah World Fest anymore in support of women's rights and gay rights.

Alaphilippe breaks away to take overall Tour de France lead
The Deceuninck-Quick Step rider gambled and attacked on the penultimate climb of the day, 15km from the finish in Epernay. The Belgian rider also took enough KOM points to take the Polka Dot jersey from CCC Team's Greg Van Avermaet.

Though some rules have been loosened, which now allow women to drive and attend events in sports stadiums, gender segregation between single men and women is still practiced and enforced in many places in Saudi Arabia.

Over the past several months, the kingdom has seen performances by Mariah Carey, Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, David Guetta and Tiesto.

Ariel Gold, co-director of Codepink, an anti-war feminist group that has led a campaign calling for a boycott of Saudi Arabia, told Middle East Eye last week that Saudi Arabia is using celebrities like Minaj to whitewash its crimes against women.

Saudi Arabia saw profound change a year ago as a result of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's top-down reform efforts, including the opening of the first movie theater and the lifting of the world's only ban on women driving.

Around a dozen Saudi women activists have been detained for the past year on charges related to human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats in a case that has drawn global attention after last year's murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Recommended News

  • Dumped Islander Lucie still has eyes for Tommy

    Dumped Islander Lucie still has eyes for Tommy

    Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV2. 'I want to see how things go with him and Molly-Mae, I can see he really likes her. Asked if she would return to the villa given a chance, she said: "I would definitely want to go back into the villa".
    House Democrats to Subpoena Kushner, Sessions, Flynn, Rosenstein, Pecker, Stormy Daniels' Lawyer

    House Democrats to Subpoena Kushner, Sessions, Flynn, Rosenstein, Pecker, Stormy Daniels' Lawyer

    Asked about the subpoenas following a meeting with Qatar's emir, Trump told reporters: "I don't know anything about it". National Enquirer publisher David Pecker, among others. - Dylan Howard, editorial director of American Media Inc.
    MLB denies juicing baseballs amid home run surge

    MLB denies juicing baseballs amid home run surge

    He surmised that baseballs have been "juiced" or altered because they are manufactured by an MLB-owned company. A lot of them have been solo home runs.
  • #JusticeforElijah Trends After Peoria Boy Killed Over Rap Music

    #JusticeforElijah Trends After Peoria Boy Killed Over Rap Music

    Al-Amin's family told local media the reported mental health issues are not a sufficient excuse for the teen's death. We must call this what it is - a hate crime - and demand a thorough investigation at the highest level .
    Arab airline replaces the 737 MAX for the A320neo

    Arab airline replaces the 737 MAX for the A320neo

    The Boeing 737 Max planes have been grounded since mid-March after two fatal crashes that claimed a total of 346 lives. In the quarter running April, May and June, combined deliveries of 737 models fell to just 24 from 137.
    Spotify Lite launches in South Africa

    Spotify Lite launches in South Africa

    As of March 2019, the music platform reported 217 million users with 46 percent of them being paid subscribers (100 million). Spotify hopes that the smaller app for those with limited data plans will help it grow its user base in developing markets.
  • National Football League  lineman Malik McDowell fights policeman after getting tased

    National Football League lineman Malik McDowell fights policeman after getting tased

    The officer eventually uses his Taser on McDowell, which proves ineffective on the massive McDowell, who then attacks the officer. The altercation took a violent turn when McDowell chose to leave his vehicle and enter a gas station convenience store.
    Joe Biden earned millions after leaving White House, tax returns show

    Joe Biden earned millions after leaving White House, tax returns show

    Jill Biden reported more than $15 million in income since leaving the White House in early 2017, newly released tax returns show. Elizabeth Warren both spoke out against inviting more billionaires into the political process.
    A$AP Rocky Is The Victim Of Serious Human Rights Violations

    A$AP Rocky Is The Victim Of Serious Human Rights Violations

    Since the arrest, A$AP Rocky has missed scheduled performances at the Open'er Festival in Poland as well as Longitude in Ireland. TMZ released a video on Monday (July 1), which reportedly shows A$AP Rocky and his crew beating up a man in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Billionaire Tom Steyer jumps into presidential race

    Billionaire Tom Steyer jumps into presidential race

    He cited climate change as an example where companies are driven by profits rather than what's best for the planet. On Monday, Mr Swalwell said he had no regrets, but, "we have to be honest about our own candidacy and viability".
    Americans among those gored in Spain's running of the bulls

    Americans among those gored in Spain's running of the bulls

    Another runner was treated for bruises, and a fifth was gored in the back by a horn but didn't need hospital treatment. A runner in full stride leads a pack of bulls around a sharp curve in the old city streets of Pamplona.
    NZ coach hopes Tendulkar says 'happy birthday' to Black Caps

    NZ coach hopes Tendulkar says 'happy birthday' to Black Caps

    Having rested his hamstring for a week now, Ferguson, who's taken 63 wickets in 34 games, looks fresh to have a crack at India . This time it was in the Super Sixes and once again the Black Caps were moving on while India were given their marching orders.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.