The "Anaconda" rapper is scheduled to perform in Luanda, Angola this Saturday, but The Human Rights Foundation wants her to call off the show, Jezebel reports. The activist organization directed their request directly to Nicki in a letter that outlines their objections to the performance on the grounds that the Angolan government — specifically its president José Eduardo dos Santos — is ripe with corruption.
Celebs performing for dictators sounds completely horrifying, but it's not uncommon. In 2013, Jennifer Lopez faced backlash after performing at the birthday party of the president of Turkemistan, who was accused of numerous human rights violations. In the past, stars like Mariah Carey, Kanye West and Beyonce have all given private shows to dictators.
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. 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.
Regardless, The Human Rights Foundation isn't ready to give up on convincing Nicki to change her itinerary. Their letter continues:
Yikes. Nicki has yet to respond, but she obviously has a tough choice to make.
What kind of inspirational message is she sending to millions of young Angolans by performing for the dictatorship that has literally stolen their freedom and their future?