Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future & Tyga criticised over Saudi Arabia concert lineup
Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Future and Tyga have been criticised by the Human Rights Foundation over the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest concert in Saudi Arabia.
Previously confirmed artists include Liam Payne, Steve Aoki and R3Wire & Varski Mc.
Nicki Minaj had last week pulled out of said concert over human rights concerns.
The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium, posted photos of the newly added acts alongside previously announced performers Liam Payne and Steve Aoki.
The Human Rights Foundation and other organisations have asked artists not to perform in Saudi Arabia, where gender segregation between single men and women is enforced in many restaurants, coffee shops, public schools and universities. Other rules have loosened in the kingdom with women now allowed to drive and attend events at sports stadiums.
Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation, criticised the entertainers in a statement Thursday to The Associated Press, saying it was “profoundly distressing that they have chosen money over morals.”
He adds: “These individuals constantly make public statements of support for LGBT rights and women’s rights, except, apparently, when a seven-figure check is attached. The hypocrisy is breathtaking. Principal apparently matters to them far more than principles.”
Minaj said she pulled out of the concert because she wants to show support for women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. Human rights organisations praised the rapper for her decision.