Justin Bieber Weaponized By Saudi Arabia

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Justin Bieber Weaponized By Saudi Arabia

The Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been seemingly weaponized by the Saudi Arabian government, which is responsible for grievous human rights violations and crimes against humanity. 

Human rights activists in Saudi Arabia have urged Justin Bieber to not perform at this week's inaugural Saudi Arabian Formula One Grand Prix. Citing the kingdom's record of crimes against humanity in Yemen, brutality against pro-democracy activists, and the severe repression of women. The Grand Prix has a history of hosting its events in countries accused of human rights violations and ignoring activists. Other Formula One hosts include Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China and Hungary. Earlier this year British motorsports racing driver Lewis Hamilton, while speaking out on Bahrain's human rights violations, stated his belief that Formula One can no longer ignore human rights issues in the countries it visits. "There are issues all around the world but I do not think we should be going to these countries and just ignoring what is happening in those places, arriving, having a great time and then leaving,” 

Justin Bieber, seemingly unaffected by Saudi Arabia's human rights violations, is scheduled to appear at Sunday's post-race show in Jeddah. The show will also feature DJ Tiësto, ASAP Rocky, David Guetta, and Jason Derulo who have also not spoken out against Saudi Arabia's crimes. Saudi Arabia is currently campaigning towards rebranding itself as less conservative for international audiences while taking little to no steps to address its crimes.

Driving the calls for Justin Bieber to cancel his performance is Turkish author Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Jamal was brutally murdered on orders of the Epstein-Trump linked Saudi Prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud colloquially known as MBS. To date, calls to hold accountable all the alleged authors of Khashoggi's brutal murder remain. In 2018, the United States and Canada sanctioned 17 Saudi nationals linked to the assassination. In early 2021, the Biden administration added to that list. Saudi Arabia has since continued a brutal campaign of intimidation, arrests, and torture of human rights activists, including young pro-democracy members of the Khashoggi funded Bee movement. 

 

Hatice Cengiz pleaded with Justin Bieber that, "This is a unique opportunity to send a powerful message to the world that your name and talent will not be used to restore the reputation of a regime that kills its critics," she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. The campaign to stop Bieber's performance attempting to spread awareness, with the hashtag #WTFJustin circulating on Twitter and a plane with a banner asking "Why is Bieber singing for Saudi killers?" flying above the 2021 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, USA. 

At the time of this writing, Justin Bieber, DJ Tiësto, ASAP Rocky, David Guetta, and Jason Derulo are ignoring pleas to cancel their show in Saudi Arabia and are expected to accept the Kingdom's blood money. In 2019 Rapper Nicki Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad, cancelled a scheduled performance in Saudi Arabia, citing her support for the rights of women.