A Note from Al: It amazes me that those who fancy themselves so cosmopolitan, so informed, so progressive would even schedule a concert in Saudi Arabia unless they were hoping it would subvert the authorities there. Nicki MInaj shows that for all her popularity, she lacks, or her team lacks, basic understanding of how the world really looks and works.

The Human Rights Foundation is applauding Nicki Minaj’s decision to back out of a concert in Saudi Arabia.

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.
Last week, the nonprofit Human Rights Foundation called for the rapper to cancel her concert, and on Tuesday, it thanked Minaj for her decision.
“THANK YOU @NICKIMINAJ for cancelling your #SaudiArabia concert and for supporting LGBTQ & women’s rights. Millions of people around the world are inspired by your devotion to human rights and human dignity. We at @HRF salute you & are grateful for your leadership,” the group said on Twitter.
She said in a statement, “After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest.
“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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