Grammy nominated rapper, Nicki Minaj, has bailed on a highly controversial show scheduled in Saudi Arabia on July 18. Critics and human rights activists lobbied for Nicki Minaj to cancel amid concerns over the country’s stance on LBGT and women’s rights.
Nicki eventually caved earlier today and released a statement explaining her decision:
“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,” Minaj said in a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press.