Leaders of the Human Rights Foundation are asking top performers to cancel several of their upcoming performances. In a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the foundation requests Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, David Guetta, A$AP Rocky and several others to cancel performances in Saudi Arabia “as a symbol of solidarity with the ongoing suffering of the Saudi people.”
“We are writing to urgently inform you of the human rights crisis in Saudi Arabia; to explain the role that the regime of MBS [Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman] has played in violating the rights of tens of millions of Saudis; to ask that you consider the unfortunate implications of your engagement with the brutal dictatorship of MBS; and to respectfully request that, in light of your status as a global personality, you take this opportunity to positively influence human rights policy in Saudi Arabia by canceling your appearance, as a symbol of solidarity with the ongoing suffering of the Saudi people,” Human Rights Chairman Gary Kasparov and CEO Thor Halvorssen wrote, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Thus far, Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, David Guetta nor A$AP Rocky have publicly commented on the matter. The four artists are still slated to perform at the Formula One Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021 on December 4.