(AllHipHop News) Nicki Minaj has heeded the widespread criticism over her decision to perform in Saudi Arabia and has axed the gig.
The rapper was supposed to perform at the Jeddah World Fest in Jeddah on July 18, alongside headliners Liam Payne, Steve Aoki and R3Wire & Varski.
But she has decided to cancel her performance, because of Saudi Arabia's track record of human rights abuses, as well as its treatment of women and gays.
“After careful reflection, I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest," Nicki Minaj told the Associated Press. "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.”
Last week, The Human Rights Foundation put Nicki on blast on the show, especially since she's a woman with a huge LGBTQ following.
Today, they sang the praises of the rap star for her decision to make a statement and scrap her show, while throwing J. Lo, Mariah Carey and others under the bus.
"We are grateful to Nicki Minaj for her inspiring and thoughtful decision to reject the Saudi regime’s transparent attempt at using her for a public relations stunt,” Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation told the AP. “The July 18 festival in Saudi Arabia still shows Liam Payne as a performer. We hope that he follows Nicki Minaj’s lead. Minaj’s moral stance differs from celebrity performers like J-Lo and Mariah Carey who in the past have chosen to line their pockets with millions of dollars and stand with dictatorial governments as opposed to with oppressed communities and imprisoned human rights activists.”