Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mariah Carey shuns boycott call, performs in Saudi Arabia

Mariah Carey shuns boycott call, performs in Saudi Arabia

Especially when you don't desperately need it. Tell this to Mariah Carey, who made a decision to participate yesterday, despite the multiple calls by activists who are fighting for women's rights in Saudi Arabia to boycott it, at the concert that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salma authorized to be held during the week of the Saudi International golf tournament.

Meanwhile, people continue to speak out as the pop star nears the controversial gig.

Al-Najjar is a co-founder of Women for Rights in Saudi Arabia, or WARSA, which launched a petition calling on Carey to boycott the country.

Carey is by far the biggest American entertainer to perform in Saudi Arabia and faced pressure online beforehand to cancel her show.

In a statement, Carey's publicists said "presented with the offer to perform for an global and mixed gender audience in Saudi Arabia, Mariah accepted the opportunity as a positive step towards the dissolution of gender segregation".

"As the first female worldwide artist to perform in Saudi Arabia, Mariah recognizes the cultural significance of this event and will continue to support global efforts towards equality for all", the publicist added emphasizing that Carey "looks forward to bringing inspiration and encouragement to all audiences". Others asked her to at least advocate for their release.

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Saudi Arabia has already held concerts starring Enrique Iglesias, Yanni, and David Guetta, as well as Amr Diab, Majida El Roumi, Sherine Abdel Wahab and other stars. I fear the pain will stay with her forever, ' wrote Walid.

A number of critics of the Saudi kingdom point to its systematic imprisonment and torture of citizens who lobby for improved women's rights. Are you aware that women's rights activists have been detained without charge since May 2018?' CNN is attempting to contact Carey's representatives and will update this story if a response is received.

Saudi female artist Ms Saffaa wrote on Twitter: "Will @MariahCarey be singing "It's a long road when u face the world alone".

Earlier, Carey said her concert was a positive step towards the dissolution of gender segregation.

Omaima Al-Najjar, one of the Saudi Arabia activists who had to flee the country, has said that the government is using entertainment to distract people from its human rights abuses.

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