Many Twitter users jokingly asked if she would be doing her signature twerking in an abaya.
Rabat – American rapper Nicki Minaj, known for her provocative lyrics and outfits, has people scratching their heads over her decision to perform in Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah World Festival on July 18.
The confusion stems from people wondering how she will execute her usually racy performances in the notoriously conservative country. In reaction to the announcement, #NickiMinaj trended on Twitter.
Nicki Minaj: PINK WIG THICK ASS GIVE EM WHIPLASH
Conservative saudi audience: pic.twitter.com/QQ3azP2vXq
— Amal (@Alamalexia) July 3, 2019
“Imagine waking up from a three-year coma and the first thing you hear is Nicki Minaj is opening a musical festival in Saudi Arabia, I’d honestly think I woke up in some parallel universe,” one user wrote.
Another user jokingly questioned whether organizers knew just who they picked as a headliner – writing “No one in Saudi Arabia googled Nicki Minaj did they?”
However, not all the commentary was so light-hearted. Some pointed out the double standard of having such a provocative singer perform in a country where women are still heavily restricted, particularly in terms of modesty.
In a video posted on Twitter, one Saudi woman questioned why the authorities were inviting Minaj to perform while Saudi women are still required to wear the abaya – a long loose-fitting garment worn in public for modesty.
“She’s going to go and shake her ass and all her songs are indecent and about sex and shaking ass,” she said. “And then you tell me to wear the abaya. What the hell?” the woman said.
Some users doctored images to show Minaj wearing traditional Saudi dress, a huge juxtaposition from her usual concert attire, and wondered if that’s what she’ll wear during the performance. Many asked if she would be doing her signature twerking in an abaya.
One user suggested that the choice to perform in Saudi Arabia, where the death penalty is still imposed for same-sex acts, shows Minaj has fickle values, going against her apparent support of the LGBT community for monetary gain.
“Have you seen ‘queer ally’ Nicki Minaj is doing a concert for Saudi royals? Only 3 days ago she was making her pink dollar at pride, now she’s off getting her homophobe dollar!” the tweet read.
You seen ‘queer ally’ Nicki minaj is doing a concert for Saudi royals? Only 3 days ago she was making her pink dollar at pride, now she’s off getting her homophobe dollar!
— JJ 🇪🇺🏴🏳️🌈🐕 (@WelshBathBoy) July 2, 2019