Rapper Nicki Minaj has cancelled her planned concert in Saudi Arabia to showNicki Minaj her support for LGBT and women’s rights.
Homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, with executions taking place as recently as April.
Speaking to AP News, Minaj said: “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.”
Minaj’s announcement comes after the Human Rights Foundation wrote her an open letter calling on her to cancel the show.
The letter read: “You recently celebrated Pride Week to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
“Yet, if you move forward with this performance, you will be condoning, and serving the public relations needs, of a government that executes homosexuals for the ‘crime’ of being who they are.
“Just three months ago five gay men were beheaded after they confessed to crimes under torture.
“If you move forward with this performance for a festival sponsored by the Crown Prince, you will be in league with the people who respond to freedom of expression and thought with murder.”
Pic: Nicki Minaj Facebook
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