Nicki Minaj: Debate over Concert in the Middle East

The Human Rights Foundation is pleading with Nicki Minaj to reconsider an upcoming show in the Middle East.

The Human Rights Foundation says if Nicki goes through with a performance at the Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia, she’ll be selfishly choosing to take money from a regime that has violated the rights of “tens of millions of Saudis.” The state-sponsored music festival, sponsored by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, requires all attendees to be 16-plus. The alcohol-free event requires women in attendance to wear a full Abaya and view the performance from a separate area.

In 2015, the Human Rights Foundation criticized Nicki for performing for former Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Hot Takes:

  • An open letter from the Human Rights Foundation tries to point out how hypocritical it is for a gay ally, like Nicki, to play at a place that doesn’t consider gay people to be human.
  • There’s been a lot of controversy over who will and won’t take money to perform in Saudi Arabia. A few months back, the WWE got called out for a massive 10-year deal.
  • A concert by Nicki Minaj sounds like fun but isn’t going to change anyone’s mind about the government.
  • Does Nicki not know what’s going on in Saudi Arabia? Or does she just not care?
  • It was only a few months back that women got the right to drive. And the women who protested for that right are still in jail.
  • Just because the people in power are bad doesn’t mean everyone who lives there should be deprived of entertainment.
  • She might have to switch a few lyrics and outfits up so as to not offend.