Nicki Minaj shows her support for women and gay rights by calling off her Saudi Arabia concert

Nicki Minaj who was to perform in Saudi Arabia pulls out of a concert in a show of support for women's and gay rights due to the country’s human rights violations

Nicki Minaj shows her support for women and gay rights by calling off her Saudi Arabia concert Nicki Minaj shows her support for women and gay rights by calling off her Saudi Arabia concert

Nicki Minaj recently called off a performance in Saudi Arabia in order to show her support for women's rights and gay rights and freedom of expression. A week after Nicki's performance was announced at the Jeddah World Fest, she in a statement said that "after careful consideration" she will not be able to participate.

Nicki in her statement said, "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 received a five-page letter by The Human Rights Foundation last week, wherein details of Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses was described and she was requested to use her global platform to publically cancel her appearance as "a symbol of solidarity with the ongoing suffering of the Saudi people."

Amnesty International called Saudi human rights record as "abysmal," and also further stated that the nation is in the "grip of a sweeping crackdown against critics of the government." Even Nicki further tweeted, "It would break me if even one of my fans were arrested, or BEATEN for expressing themselves."

Nicki who is infamous for her abusive lyrics and explicit music videos was to perform at the headline act of the festival after the kingdom loosens its decades-old restrictions on entertainment. Other artists scheduled to perform are British musician Liam Payne and American DJ Steve Aoki at the drug and alcohol-free Music festival, keeping with the country's laws. Both artists are yet to comment on their participation in the concert.