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After controversy surrounding her upcoming show in Saudi Arabia, Nicki Minaj has decided to drop out of the event due to the country’s restrictive laws.
What’s up guys? It’s Drew Dorsey here with Clevver News and Nicki Minaj has officially backed out of Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia and her reasons are VALID!
Just last week Nicki was revealed as a headliner for the upcoming international music festival, but now she has decided to forego it after better educating herself on their political restrictions.
Nicki announced the news Tuesday saying quote, “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.”
Nicki was supposed to perform at the event on July 18th, but groups like the Human Rights Foundation asked Nicki and other artists to pull out in protest of the country’s restrictive laws.
And that’s exactly what she did.
And in case you don’t know what kind of restrictive laws I’m talking about — in Saudi Arabia, gender segregation is still a thing and same sex relationships are illegal.
Women were only recently allowed to drive and attend sporting events, so yeah, they’ve got a long way to go and Nicki obviously doesn’t want to support a place that doesn’t align with her personal views.
This cancellation is a win for activists who regularly ask artists to boycott Saudi Arabia until their laws change.
And many fans are supporting Nicki’s decision on Twitter.
One person wrote quote, “Holy sh*t, I actually respect her for this.”
And another said quote, “Good move!”
But others are disappointed that Nicki won’t be visiting Saudi Arabia.
One fan wrote quote, “Da f*ck we bought the tickets for u !! Why u didn’t talk before??”
Well my suggestion to you is to get a refund, because you have to respect Nicki for this move! Do you agree with Nicki’s choice to back out of the festival? Let me know your thoughts about Nicki in the comments right down there!
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