Women-led organization CodePink have called upon Mariah Carey to cancel an upcoming performance in Saudi Arabia due to some of the country’s views.
Carey is set to perform January 31 alongside Tiesto and Sean Paul. However, activists now insist she should not do so due to Saudi Arabia’s jailing of women’s rights advocates and alleged human rights abuse.
A statement on the organization’s website read, “What? Why is Mariah Carey planning a January 31, 2019 concert in Saudi Arabia? Doesn’t she know Saudi Arabia is one of the most repressive and murderous regimes on the planet?
“Doesn’t she know that women fighting for their rights are tortured in Saudi prisons? Doesn’t she know that Saudi Arabia is bombing school children in Yemen?”
They also penned an open letter to all artists scheduled to perform.
It included, “Since 2015 Saudi Arabia has been waging a war on Yemen so brutal that the country is now experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis on earth. Already, as many as 85,000 children under the age of five have died of hunger. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has not been held accountable for barbaric murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and women activists are being imprisoned and tortured for speaking out for their rights.
“Though women in Saudi Arabia have recently gained the right to drive, the kingdom has since arrested, imprisoned, and tortured a number of the brave women who campaigned women to drive. And under the oppressive male guardianship system, women in Saudi Arabia need permission from a male to travel, study, obtain a passport, marry, and engage in other life events.
“If you perform at the Saudi international golf tournament in King Abdullah Economic City, you will be helping Saudi Arabia artwash their war crimes and repression of women, journalists, and anyone speaking out.”
See more of the social media reaction below.
ET Canada has contacted Carey’s rep for comment.