Activists Urge BTS To Cancel Concert In Saudi Arabia Activists Urge BTS To Cancel Concert In Saudi Arabia
The K-pop boyband BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, have been stealing hearts across the globe and breaking records. However, their scheduled performance in... Activists Urge BTS To Cancel Concert In Saudi Arabia

The K-pop boyband BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, have been stealing hearts across the globe and breaking records. However, their scheduled performance in Saudi Arabia has some fans outraged due to the country’s human rights abuses against women and the LGBTQ community.

The show is slated to take place on October 11 in Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium as a part of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself World Tour. This gig will mark the first time a solo foreign act holds a stadium concert in the country, following their breakthrough last year as the first K-pop group to headline a stadium show in the U.S.  Some of BTS’ fans, however, are urging the group to cancel their appearance later this year in protest of the country’s treatment of their people.

Saudi Arabia, a very conservative country, has faced backlash for its laws against women. Before women can attend a concert, they reportedly must receive permission from a male member of their family, and only recently, the country passed a law which allows women to drive. Additionally, identifying as LGBTQ is considered a crime in the country and is punishable by death; earlier this year, five men were executed after they admitted to having sexual relations with other men.

Fans expressed their concerns on Twitter, noting that the band are UN ambassadors and openly support LGBTQ people, so their choice to perform in the country is confusing.

However, other fans are encouraging BTS to keep their scheduled performance, claiming that their fans should have the right to see them, despite the country’s human rights issues.

Nicki Minaj was set to headline the Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia later this month, but after after educating herself on the issues plaguing the country and hearing from human rights activists, she called-off her appearance. Minaj’s stance differs from Mariah Carey and J-Lo, who have performed in the country in the past, as well as WWE organizers, who held the Crown Jewel pay-per-view event in the country last year after the murder of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Olivia Perreault Deputy Editor

Olivia Perreault is the Deputy Editor for TicketNews. She is a graduate of The University of Rhode Island and holds a BA in journalism. As an avid concert junkie, she's been to hundreds of concerts and freelances for multiple online publications, including her music blog, found at OliviaGPerreault.com. Reach Olivia via email at [email protected]