Nicki Minaj has pulled out of Jeddah World Fest scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia next week. The Sultry rapper confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday, stating that she cancelled her scheduled performance, to support and protect the rights of women and the LGBT community.
This came after the US Human Rights Foundation called for Minaj and other musicians, including One Direction’s Liam Payne, Steve Aoki and others scheduled to play at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18 to pull out of the festival, over the country’s record of human rights violations.
“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,” she said.
Although Saudi Arabia has been trying to ease restrictions on entertainment and to encourage growth in its arts sector, Nicki Minaj, Prio to cancelling her performance, suffered a ton of backlash from critics who stated how her revealing outfits and explicit lyrics would not be acceptable in the extremely conservative kingdom.