BTS has received backlash after announcing that they would be holding a concert in Saudi Arabia.
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After the group’s initial announcement for their concert in Riyadh on October 11, they received criticism due to the tour message “Love Yourself” being a contradiction to Saudi Arabia’s criminalization of same-sex relationships.
Nicki Minaj also cancelled her concert in Saudi Arabia as she wanted to support the rights for women and the LGBTQ community.
BTS’s leader RM revealed to The Hollywood Reporter during an interview that they were “officially invited and it’s been awhile since [they’ve] performed in the Middle East.”
Jimin also added, “To put it simply, if there’s a place where people want to see us, we’ll go there. That’s how we really feel.”
BTS have been much more open regarding topics such as LGBTQ compared to other K-Pop groups.
The concert will take place at the King Fahd International Stadium and will be broadcast live exclusively through the Naver Live Online Broadcasting app.
They will also be the first K-Pop group to perform at this stadium.
BTS proves once again that no matter how much opposition they may face, they will travel the world to advocate for love!