11:02 am - 07/14/2019

Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour coming to Saudi Arabia

source: BigHitEnt

well, that was a surprise
nekobot 14th-Jul-2019 05:22 pm (UTC)
It should definitely be brought up! None of our countries are innocent and we need to be critical of ourselves and see if we're enabling suffering by being complacent or supporting the wrong people or things. I guess it's also a difference in scale seeing how artists that play in the Middle East are often big names that are already making a shitton of money, and therefor (rightly so) will be on a bigger platform for criticism as it looks like they're just entirely powered by greed. You can argue that people shouldn't tour the US either (and it would make a great statement if people boycotted) but that would mean indie singers and the likes would have zero chance of ever getting their music out there because it's unavoidable to tour Europe/the US, but Saudi Arabia? It's all money, no one -needs- to perform there. The stakes in the argument are just that much lower. I guess it's kind of seen as the difference between performing at a small venue in a remote town vs playing at the White House - one is seen as just work, the other is A Statement (hence what I said before about feeling different if they were performing in North Africa instead), even though both would take place in a giant human rights violation.

Maybe there is a lot of hypocrisy when we talk about this sort of thing but honestly, the potential of oblivious fans seeing this and opting to like...not to go holidaying in Dubai in the future because it educated them makes it worth people saying something about it still. I think the amount of different beliefs, people and cultures in the Arab world is fascinating and I hope that by having these conversations people learn more about the actual humans living in it as opposed to the governments trying to bury their existence and claiming minority status to deflect from their own wrongdoings.

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