When Nicki Minaj announced that she would be headlining a concert in Saudi Arabia, many were quite perturbed by it, including Nigerians, but not for the same reasons.
While many Americans cited their worries over the way Saudi Arabia treated women and their stance on LGBTQ people living in the country, Nigerians were more worried that someone so ‘Haram’ would be visiting holy Saudi Arabia and ruining their culture and values.
Well, both sides need to worry no more as the rapper has pulled out of the concert, which was to take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, stating that she has educated herself on the region since then and does not think that going there would be a great idea in the current climate.
In a short statement released to the media, Nicki Minaj said: “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.”
She also took to Twitter to explain that she was also trying to be careful as she didn’t want to make a mistake that could land her in jail in a country where not everyone was free.
She gave an example of Jamaica, saying that she was almost arrested because she didn’t bleep a few curse words.
She tweeted: “I performed in Jamaica before & when i got off the stage I was surrounded by police with guns drawn. They were ready 2 take me to jail b/c they said I forgot to bleep a couple curses…. I could make one mistake & go to jail in a diff country where women have no rights.
I performed in Jamaica before & when i got off the stage I was surrounded by police with guns drawn. They were ready 2 take me to jail b/c they said I forgot to bleep a couple curses…. I could make one mistake & go to jail in a diff country where women have no rights. #FreeAsap
— MEGATRON (@NICKIMINAJ) July 10, 2019
This statement didn’t go down well with some who accused Nicki Minaj of insinuating that Jamaica didn’t have women’s rights or proper rights. She needed to explain herself in a follow-up tweet.
She said: “Ummm for the ppl in the back, I wasn’t saying Jamaica doesn’t have women’s rights. I gave an example of what happened in JA to explain how easy it would be to do one thing wrong in Saudia Arabia b/c I’m not aware of every single rule & be locked up. Everyone knows I love JA. STFU”