Nicki Minaj has resigned from performing at the Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia in support of human rights, The Associated Press reports. The country has a documented history with the oppression of women and the LGBTQ community. Things began to take a turn for the better in 2018 when women were finally allowed to drive.

“After careful reflection, I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” Minaj said in a statement. “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.”

The concert is set to take place on July 18 at The King Abdullah Sports Stadium in the Red City. The AP reports that the festival will follow the Kingdom’s laws of no alcohol or drugs, and would also admit anyone 16 and older. Other headliners for the show include Steve Aoki and One Direction’s Liam Payne.
-Vibe

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