Nicki Minaj Under Fire For Performing For African Dictator
Hip Hop star Nicki Minaj, who is scheduled to headline the Show Unitel Boas Festas, a Christmas festival in Luanda, the capital of Angola, has been called out by a Human Rights Foundation urging her to cancel her performance in the country ruled by Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
The African nation is often accused of violating the basic rights of journalists, activists and others who speak out against government oppression and intimidation, which sometimes is implemented through police who use excessive force to make arbitrary arrests.
In a letter mailed to Minaj via Brian Sher of Category 5 Entertainment, Thor Halvorssen, head of Human Rights Foundation, asks the rapper to cancel her scheduled appearance. Halvorssen also plans to publish the letter at his organization’s website.
The letter notes that Angolan hip-hop artist Luaty Beirao was arrested in June after attending a meeting to discuss democracy and non-violence, and that there is a trial underway against him and 16 others who attended the meeting.
“As a strong-willed independent artist shouldn’t you be advocating for the release of the imprisoned rapper Luaty Beirao rather than entertaining the dictator and his thieving family?” asks Halvorssen in his letter, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Minaj’s representative did not respond to a request for comment.
The letter also accuses the president’s billionaire daughter of being the main beneficiary of the “blood diamond” trade in Angola, and notes that the dos Santos family’s human-rights crimes have been documented by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Freedom House and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
“Ms. Minaj, you are well known for being involved with charities such as the Get Schooled Foundation, which helps motivate young people to graduate from high school and succeed in college,” Halvorssen writes in his letter. “If you move forward with this performance for the dictator and his family, you will be in league with the people stealing educational resources and opportunity from young Angolans.”
Nicki Minaj couldn’t care less about the noise surrounding her performance in Angola.
The Pinkprint rapper posted this photo in Instagram:
Days ago took to Twitter to issue this warning:
Every tongue that rises up against me in judgement shall be condemned. 😘😊
— BEAM ME UP SCOTTY OUT NOW (@NICKIMINAJ) December 16, 2015
The show will go on.
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