USA rapper Nicki Minaj said on Tuesday that she was pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia next week, citing her support for the rights of women and the LGBTQ community.
She narrated how she was almost sent to prison during a show in Jamaica because she forgot to censor some swear words in her songs. After the Sumfest performance in 2011 where you were fined US$10 for using expletives on stage, you tweeted: "I had the time of my life at Reggae Sumfest". They were ready 2 take me to jail b/c they said I forgot to bleep a couple curses.... However, the rapper backed out days before her headlining act, citing her support for the rights of women and the LGBTQ community.
With more than 20 million followers on Instagram, Minaj's post did not go unnoticed, and reaped backlash by fans who accused her of lying.
Considering Saudi Arabia's traditional cultural treatment of women, and Minaj's then-secret encounter with Jamaican police, it's obvious Minaj didn't want to risk a similar encounter in at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in Jeddah during the Jeddah World Fest.
Nicki then posted another tweet attempting to clarify her comments.The rapstress, who has claimed to have "love" for Jamaica, previously resided in Trinidad and Tobago prior to her move to NY, and was born to Trinidadian parents.
The US-based Human Rights Foundation had earlier urged Nicki Minaj to "refuse the regime's money" and instead use her global influence to demand the release of jailed Saudi women activists. "I gave an example of what happened in (Jamaica) to explain how easy it would be to do one thing wrong in (Saudi) Arabia (because) I'm not aware of every single rule & be locked up".