11:02 am - 07/14/2019

Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour coming to Saudi Arabia

source: BigHitEnt

well, that was a surprise
torontok 14th-Jul-2019 11:43 am (UTC)
Being an independent concert means nothing when the government still pockets money from it and it's more about the statement. Artists perform in Israel independently, that doesn't change the fact that they're performing on occupied land.
Like I said, the U.S is awful but it is lightyears away from being as horrible as Saudi Arabia, especially if you're a woman, racial minority or LGBTQ and I don't even like the U.S. If any artist chose to boycott performances there because of the current immigration laws, that would be there right and very noble of them but at least artist in the U.S can openly say fuck trump and advocat eagainst the barbaric immigration laws while in Saudi activists, including minors, are being jailed and murdered as we speak.
The driving law being struck down means nothing when male guardianship laws still restrict women's movement. Saudi is responsible for the deaths of millions of Yemenis just this year alone and their cancerous ideology that has pushed radicalism into many other countries including my home country.

I'm Muslim and I get that this something great for fans and nowhere do I blame them for wanting to attend or BTS for performing but I do blame BigHit for this shameless cash grab at the expense of the morals they claim to have. BTS is not a struggling group that needs this gig, they could earn this money elsewhere.
nekokonneko 14th-Jul-2019 12:06 pm (UTC)
every corner of the u.s. that isn't a native-owned reservation is occupied land. and sure celebrities can say what they want without consequence but it's not like the u.s. doesn't target and kill people going against them, they just don't own up to it.

Edited at 2019-07-14 12:06 pm (UTC)
torontok 14th-Jul-2019 12:31 pm (UTC)
Okay so tell me honestly. As a woman or an LGBTQ person,would you rather be born in Saudi Arabia or the U.S.A?

Nowhere am I saying the U.S is clean but you are comparing them to a regime that openly executes people for their political/religious beliefs, their sexuality or their gender.

Anyways, I've said my piece on this.I do not blame BTS for performing or their fans for being excited to see them but I do believe their company is deserving of criticism for this move.
nekokonneko 14th-Jul-2019 12:40 pm (UTC)
as both, i would choose the u.s.

i never said this was cut and dry, i can understand your perspective.
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