The Jeddah World Fest organizers confirmed on their Instagram page she was in for the festival, and even Nicki Menaj herself took to to social media to confirm she would be live on the 18th in Jeddah.
The reactions were instant. Some fans hurled verbal missiles at her, and even rights group criticized her decision to perform at the festival bankrolled by a government they claim have no respects for women’s rights and the rights of the LGBTQ community.
The pressure was such that “Megatron” had to bin her plan to perform at the festival. She announced her decision to withdraw, citing the Saudi government’s poor human rights record.
Following Nicki Minaj‘s backing out, the festival organizers have added new names to the already announced list. The new additions include 50 Cent, Tyga, Future, Janet Jackson and Chris Brown. They will compensate for Nicki Minaj‘s absence.
Liam Payne and Steve Aoki, part of the early list announced by the festival organizers, had been pressurized by the Human rights Foundation, like Nicki Minaj, to pull out of the festival. Clearly they have not interest in pulling out.
The Associated Press reports the President of the Human Rights Foundation as saying it was “profoundly distressing that they have chosen money over morals.”
He added that the individuals in the line up constantly make statements of support for LGBTQ rights and women’s rights except when a seven-figure check is attached.
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