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Should artists boycott Saudi Arabia's music festivals?

Saudi Arabia's recent music festival is stirring up controversy. Fans are calling for their favorite artists to not perform in the country due to the country's human rights issues. Fans and activist say gender segregation is still an issue in the conservative country and convinced Nicki Minaj to cancel her performance at the 2019 Jeddah World Fest. But just as Minaj stepped down, artists like Future stepped up to perform. Fans are excited to see their favorite artists perform and sources say the concert is a way to attract more tourists. Should artists support Saudi Arabia?

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Activist and fans rallied and convinced Nicki Minaj to cancel her performance at Jeddah World Fest. Minaj released a statement to announce the status of her performance. According to CNN:

"After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest.
"While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression."

Now fans created a petition urging BTS to cancel their performance. 

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The Jeddah World Festival may have lost Minaj but acts like 50 Cent, Janet Jackson and Chris Brown have agreed to perform. The festival is the biggest in Saudi Arabia and fans are elated to see the American acts perform. 

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Should artists boycott Saudi Arabia's music festivals?
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