Justin Bieber asked to cancel concert in Saudi Arabia

“That is why I am writing to you with a plea: cancel your December 5 performance in Saudi Arabia,” Hatice Cengiz wrote on Saturday. “This is a unique opportunity to send a powerful message to the world that his name and talent will not be used to restore the reputation of a regime that kills its critics.”

Bieber will headline the Saudi Arabian Formula One race in December, alongside artists such as ASAP Rocky, David Guetta and Jason Derulo at the inaugural Jeddah Grand Prix.

Cengiz urged Bieber to remember that he is acting at the invitation of Saudi Arabia’s own crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

“Nothing of importance happens in Saudi Arabia without their consent, and it is certainly not as important and eye-catching an event as this,” Cengiz wrote. “Your face even appears on the event website with … my fiancé’s executioner, Jamal.”

In 2018, a team of kingdom government agents assassinated the journalist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he was going to collect documents for his upcoming wedding to Cengiz. A US intelligence report found that the crown prince approved of the operation, but Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it “completely rejects the report’s negative, false and unacceptable assessment of the Kingdom’s leadership.”

Cengiz is not the only one to criticize the F1 race.

“Sports bodies like Formula One and the FIA ​​cannot ignore the fact that they and the fans are being used for sports washing,” Minky Worden, the director of Human Rights Watch who oversees the sport, told The Guardian.
In 2019, Nicki Minaj pulled out of a concert in Saudi Arabia and said she wants to make clear her support for “women’s rights, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression.” Justin Bieber has yet to comment.

“If you refuse to be an MBS pawn, your message will be loud and clear: I am not acting for dictators,” Cengiz wrote. “I choose justice and freedom over money.”


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