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Rapper Nicki Minaj stood in solidarity with the LBTQ community when she opted out of an appearance at a Saudi Arabian music festival, CNN reports.
The head Barb was slated to perform at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18th, but decided to cancel after she talked to fans about the discrimination happening in the kingdom.
In Saudi, some public places are segregated by sex and gay relationships are criminalized legally and socially.
Because of the country’s discriminatory practices, non profit organization, Human Rights Foundation, asked the lyricist to cancel her concert.
Minaj decided to ask her fans their thoughts, before making a final decision.
“Saudi Arabia I see some of your comments & I want to respond directly to my fans,” Nicki said in a post on Instagram. “Voice your opinions here.”
Nicki took her fan’s feedback seriously. The “Pinkprint” chart-topper was so moved she decided to cancel her show.
“After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” she 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 Human Rights Foundation thanked Nicki for her consideration in a tweet:
“THANK YOU @NICKIMINAJ for cancelling your #SaudiArabia concert and for supporting LGBTQ & women’s rights. Millions of people around the world are inspired by your devotion to human rights and human dignity. We at @HRF salute you & are grateful for your leadership,” the group said on Twitter
Beautiful to see Nicki use her platform to benefit the voiceless.