Justin Bieber is urged by Hatice Cengiz to cancel his concert at Formula 1 Grand Prix in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
An open letter asking to cancel the concert was published in The Washington Post, from Hatice Cengiz, who was the fiancée of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Hatice Cengiz asks Bieber to cancel his upcoming performance at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Jeddah, which is scheduled for December 5, 2021.
Her brief appeal is: “Do not sing for the murderers of my beloved Jamal. Please speak out and condemn his killer, Mohammed bin Salman. Your voice will be heard by millions.” – wrote Cengiz in a letter published in the WP.
You can read the full text of the letter at the link here.
Jamal Khashoggi was a well-known critic of the Saudi regime and was killed at the consulate of that country in Istanbul in October 2018 at the age of 59. He went there to pick up the documents needed for the wedding. The journalist’s body was dismembered in the building while Hatice Cengiz was waiting outside.
It is worth noting that Khashoggi was once an adviser to the government of Saudi Arabia and was close to the royal family, but later, a situation developed due to which he went into self-imposed exile in the United States in 2017.
In addition to Hatice Cengiz, the human rights organization Human Rights Watch has also already appealed to all artists, in particular Jason Derulo, A $ AP Rocky, David Guetta, with an appeal to refuse concerts during the Formula 1 Grand Prix, stating that these the activities are designed to divert attention from the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia.
The organization’s post urges: “Bieber and his peer headliners have a prime opportunity to follow through on their public commitments to human rights and social justice.”
You can read the full text of the appeal following the link here.
Mobile billboards also appeared in Los Angeles calling for Justin Bieber to abandon the Jeddah concert.
The artists have not yet commented on this situation with appeals.
Although, there have already been precedents for the stars’ refusal to perform in Saudi Arabia. So, in 2019, according to the Associated Press, Nikki Minaj canceled a concert scheduled for July 18 as part of the Jeddah World Fest music festival. The singer made this decision in support of the rights of women and the LGBT community.