Nicki Minaj has canceled her Saudi Arabia show following criticism from human rights activists

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After criticism, Nicki Minaj has pulled out of a music festival in Saudi Arabia, citing her commitment to to women’s rights, LGBTQ communities and freedom of expression.

Minaj was scheduled to headline the Jeddah World Fest, a music and performance festival, on July 18.

Saudi Arabia is a conservative kingdom where people in some public places are segregated by gender and same-sex relationships are criminalized.

This doesn’t make any sense. After the Sumfest performance in 2011 where she was fined $10 USD for using expletives on stage, she tweeted “I had the time of my life at Reggae Sumfest… Jamaica I fell in love tonight.”

Why is she comparing Jamaica to Saudi Arabia?

Nicki made a statement about her decision canceling the show in Saudi Arabia.

“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.”

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