*Given that it’s the super conservative kingdom of Saudia Arabia, a lot of folks are scratching their heads trying to figure out how Nicki Minaj got a gig there.
They do realize it’s Nicki Minaj, right? The rapper is well known for displaying her boobs and showing as much skin as possible. And last time we looked, that’s not something the potentates are keen on letting happen … in public.
But hey, the Jeddah World Fest concert is a reality and will take place at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in King Abdullah Sports City (60 kilometers north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) on July 18. And yes, Nicki will headline. However, in accordance with Saudi laws, it will be alcohol and drug-free.
According to The Blast, Liam Payne and Steve Aoki are also slated to perform.
If the idea of Ms. Minaj appearing in Saudia Arabia strikes you as a bit odd, here’s what Robert Quirke, president of event organizer Roqu Media International, had to say about bringing her there.
“She is an absolute global icon. She has 130 million followers on Instagram, she is considered one of the top 10 female performers of all time, she’s had multiple awards and she’ll have her new album come out this year.
“She is going to get a lot of attention for Jeddah in the most positive way you can imagine. She’s going to be actively on her social media, she’ll be posting right from the stage in Jeddah and at her hotel in Jeddah. Everyone is going to know that Nicki Minaj has landed in Saudi Arabia.
“This is the largest musical festival of its kind in the region that will be broadcast to a global audience in more than 100 countries,” said Raed Abuzinadah, the director-general Jeddah Season. “There is a stereotype of the kingdom all over the world, and today it is disappearing. In its place is a new picture of the kingdom that accepts everyone.”
— المناهل (@Manahil_010) July 2, 2019
As you can imagine, not everyone is thrilled to have Minaj in the kingdom. Of course, her fans are giddy to have here there, but one Twitter post by a Saudi woman (which has been viewed over 60,000 times) is obviously not down with the idea.
“She’s going to go and shake her a– and all her songs are indecent and about sex and shaking a– and then you tell me to wear the abaya,” she says in the video (which is not all in English). “What the hell?”