Justin's career is truly the stuff of dreams, but that can come with its own share of controversies and troubles. As success mounts, so does the pressure! This week, growing calls among his fans and some in the international community are calling for Justin to cancel one of his upcoming performances in Saudi Arabia, a country known for its human rights violations, and dubious treatment of marginalized communities.
Last year, American journalist Jamal Kashoggi was brutally murdered in Saudi Arabia after investigating criminal allegations against the Saudi regime and the Saudi royal family. The news became international headlines, labelling Saudi Arabia as an oppressive and abusive nation in the eyes of the world.
Justin Bieber Asked To Cancel Saudi Show
Khashoggi's fiancée has joined a chorus of voices urging Bieber not to perform at the kingdom's Formula One race. In a letter published by The Washington Post, Hatice Cengiz urged the Canadian to cancel his performance in the Red Sea city of Jiddah to "send a powerful message to the world that your name and talent will not be used to restore the reputation of a regime that kills its critics."
Although Bieber's concert is the most popular performance scheduled, other concert performers include rapper A$AP Rocky, DJs David Guetta and Tiesto and singer Jason Derulo.
In the past, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj were also pressured to cancel shows in Saudi Arabia, with the latter deciding to not perform there at all. So far, no word from Justin Bieber's representatives just yet on whether or not the performance will carry on while pressure mounts for the Canadian pop star!