Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday a Nicki Minaj concert at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18, according to organizers relayed by the New York Times. The artist will perform her biggest hits on the stage of the King Abdullah stadium.
While some of Nicki Minaj’s songs promote women empowerment, she is mostly known for her over-sexualized videos and her exuberant and provocative style ( “Anaconda”, “Good Form”, “High School”…).
If the news has delighted some fans, on social networks, many Saudi women and men expressed their disappointment and even shock by this concert. In a video posted on Twitter, a Saudi girl visibly dressed in a headscarf accuses the government of “hypocrisy” by inviting an artist accustomed to perform naked in front of an audience of women wearing abbayas, the clothing imposed on women of the country.
— المناهل (@Manahil_010) July 2, 2019
Others call on the star to react to recent imprisonment of several women fighting for the rights and freedoms of Saudi women:
Hi @NICKIMINAJ – if you visit #Saudi PLEASE speak out against detention of women activists & the guardianship system that bars women from traveling & marrying without permission. And please don’t let yourself be used to whitewash Saudi war crimes in #Yemen https://t.co/NX9U15W8JA
— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1) July 3, 2019
The Saudi organizers have also announced that the concert will be broadcasted worldwide and covered by the MTV music channel. British artist Liam Payne and American DJ Steve Aoki are also on the program. The kingdom also promises quick electronic visas for international visitors who want to attend, the New York Times adds.