12 December 2019

Nicki Minaj to perform in Saudi Arabia

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Nicki Minaj has been invited to perform at a huge music festival in Saudi Arabia, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. According to the Associated Press, the star will be the headlining act for the Jeddah World Festival on July 18. reports citing Guardian.

The summer event is slated to be the largest of its kind in the region, featuring acts from all over the world. Organizers will be broadcasting the festival globally and it’s being promoted as the first time Nicki Minaj and others will be performing live in the country. While it’s exciting for many fans and the artists who are lined up, social discord has some frowning upon the event.

Minaj is known for her provocative clothing, lyrics, and music, none of which have been traditionally acceptable in the uber-conservative nation. Citizens of Saudi Arabia—mostly women—are calling out the country’s government for being hypocritical. They are decrying the country’s restrictions on how women dress and behave, specifically when out in public.

The Guardian reported on one woman who recorded herself ranting about Minaj being invited to perform, lashing out against the Saudi government for their different standards when it comes to Westerners. She questioned why women must respect the wearing of head scarves, face coverings, and long abayas to cover their bodies, but the rules don’t apply to everyone:

2019.07.05 / 13:21
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