Mariah Carey and DJ Tiesto's concert in Saudi Arabia stirs controversy
Disgusting that @davidguetta is not only performing in #Saudi, but playing songs praising the king - while leading human rights defenders are in prison, and we have reports that the women human rights defenders have been subjected to #torture. #Shame https://t.co/aTwKnH4hzu— Maryam Alkhawaja (@MARYAMALKHAWAJA) December 16, 2018
Mariah has received backlash for her concert last week. However she apparently viewed her Riyadh show as "a positive step towards the dissolution of gender segregation" in Saudi Arabia, her publicists said.
"As the first female international artist to perform in Saudi Arabia, Mariah recognises the cultural significance of this event and will continue to support global efforts towards equality for all."
Mariah is being criticized for supporting the national administration of a country that is oppressing it's women. She, being the first woman to perform in a concert in the country, is being called out for not using her voice sensibly and complying with Saudi men.
Hi @MariahCarey— علياء الهذلولAlia al-Hathloul (@alia_ww) January 25, 2019
Remember, thanks to my sister @LoujainHathloul, you r able to perform in Saudi Arabia.
I wish she can attend your concert. But she’s locked behind bars because she tried to improve women's condition.
Don' forget to thank her on stagehttps://t.co/0Pf7bfz3yB
Furthermore, Saudi Arabia that the country would "usher in a Year of Entertainment in 2019." The announcement said that the head of the General Entertainment Authority, Prince Turki al-Sheikh, wants to make Saudi Arabia "a top 10 destination for entertainment."
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