The cancellation of his concert in Bordeaux in march last year had sparked an uproar. This is a new cancellation, which should also make it a talking point. The rapper american Nicki Minaj has announced on Tuesday that it was abandoning its performance scheduled for July 18 in saudi Arabia, citing its “support” the rights of women, the community LGBTQ and freedom of expression.

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“After careful consideration, I decided not to me occur at the Jeddah World Fest”, the festival which takes place in Jeddah on 18 July, wrote Nicki Minaj in a statement forwarded by a spokesperson. “Even if there is nothing that I want more than to present my show to my fans in saudi Arabia”, she added, “after me to be more informed on the subject, I think that it is important for me to clearly demonstrate my support for the rights of women, the community LGBTQ and freedom of expression.”

Punishment

The NGO The Human Rights Foundation, had called as early as 5 July, the artist from Trinidad and Tobago to give the concert. Homosexuals face the death penalty in saudi Arabia. The kingdom is also criticized long for the way it treats women, who are legally placed under the control of their father, husband, brother or even son, even if they have recently obtained the right to get a drivers license.

saudi Arabia is also regularly blamed for its repression of opponents of the regime. In October, the reporter saudi Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of power, was killed in the consulate of saudi Arabia in Istanbul by a team of officers from Riyadh. There have been several reports of the direct liability of the crown prince of saudi arabia Mohammed bin Salman in this murder.

Nicki Minaj, 36 years old, is regularly criticized by feminists who accused him of putting oneself in the scene as a sexual object. She said that she was nevertheless herself a feminist, able to succeed in the world very male hip-hop.

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