A little too soon? Saudi users on social media have been debating Nicki Minaj's scheduled gig in Saudi Arabia later this month.
Organizers of the Jeddah Season cultural festival announced earlier last week that Rap star Nicki Minaj will perform in the country as part of a cultural festival on July 18, 2019. If the idea of Nicki Minaj twerking to Saudi Arabian fans strikes you as a little strange, you're not the only one.
The ultraconservative Kingdom that has been trying to loosen restrictions on entertainment under the claimed social reforms of Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman for months now.
The fact that Minaj is known for her provocative performance and sexually explicit music videos and lyrics makes it hard to imagine how her upcoming concert would be in line with the social and cultural lines that have existed for decades.
A storm on social media was sparked by the news splitting opinions between criticism and praise of the decision.
SO NICKI MINAJ IS COMING TO SAUDI ARABIA AND MY FRIEND REALLY ASKED pic.twitter.com/PYZqSO4uN7— tala?? (@TalaElHaddad) July 3, 2019
Some were confused by the unexpected turn of events and beliefs in Saudi Arabia, the country where women were not allowed to drive until a year ago, but now Nicki Minaj is allowed to perform.
imagine waking up from a 3 years comma and the first thing you hear is nicki minaj opening an MTV musical festival in saudi arabia, i’d honestly think i woke up in some parallel universe shit https://t.co/O01J8CcYQK— ⎊ (@NEWEGYPTIANA) July 2, 2019
Meanwhile, many Saudis, mostly women, have highlighted the hypocrisy of the Saudi government for hosting Minaj to perform in the Kingdom while imposing a strict dress code for those who wish to attend the performance.
One video went viral for a Saudi young woman addressing the authorities behind the decision to bring Minaj in saying: “You can't ask me to wear the abaya and dress conservative to a concert where you're bringing Nicki Minaj”.
In summary, this Saudi female says: "You can't ask me to wear the abaya and dress conservative to a concert where you're bringing Nicki Minaj and all her vulgarity and her songs about shaking her ass. What the f---"https://t.co/8PCme7MUFU https://t.co/0ibEHHM9vU— Aya Batrawy (@ayaelb) July 3, 2019
The video is believed to be removed later and the girl’s account was suspended.
She’s not wrong. It is hypocritical. I hope she’s okay though. I know how Saudi Arabia lives to mistreat their women simply for speaking what is on their mind. Be safe sis??— Mia Nathalie ?? (@SumoMia) July 4, 2019
Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia’s neighboring country, Jordan, the government announced blocking the popular Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds video game, PUBG for its “negative effects” on children and teenagers.
Jordan has not been the first country to ban PUBG. Iraq, Nepal, some provinces in India and Indonesia preceded it. However, opinions were mixed over the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority decision.
Am I the only one who's happy 3ashan pubg is down in jordan?— L (@Itslayaaan) July 6, 2019
هلقيت قلتولي انحلت كل المشاكل في الاردن وقفت على لعبة ال PUBG ؟!؟— Ashraf Al-Nabali (@AshrafAlNabali) July 7, 2019
مش هاي حرية شخصية يا #أشاوس
Translation: “So now everything is fine in Jordan except PUBG? Isn’t this a personal freedom?”
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