Popular American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj has suddenly cancelled her scheduled performance in Saudi Arabia, citing her support for the rights of women in the kingdom (Feminism), the LGBT community and Freedom of expression as her reasons. This come following an outry from muslim clerics all over the world who criticised her invitation with due cause
Her headline billing at the festival in Jeddah triggered an outcry from Islamic clerics of the country and human rights activists. Others questioned how her revealing outfits and explicit lyrics would go over in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
Saudi Arabia has been trying to ease restriction on entertainment and to encourage growth in its arts sector.