K-pop boyband BTS are due to perform in Saudi Arabia on October 11 and news of the concert has sparked a Twitter storm because of the country’s human rights abuses against women and LGBT+ people.
Homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death in Saudi Arabia and in April this year, five men were executed there after admitting they had had sex with other men.
BTS will reportedly be the first solo foreign act to hold a stadium concert in the country, as part of their “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” world tour.
One twitter user wrote“Very disappointed BTS is ignoring the human rights abuses there and the way they treat women and reporters.”
Another added "This is such a bad business move this is really a big f*** you Saudi women, LGBTQ fans but also to Muslim fans especially what happening in Yemen… doesn’t this contradict their message? Of love yourself?”
“They are right now committing human rights violations and BTS is lending them their legitimacy all in the name of cash,” said another.
However, other BTS fans are defending the group, saying that a performance in Saudi Arabia will help attitudes in the country to move forward.
One Said "Saudi Arabia are thankfully slowly DEVELOPING with the new generation and becoming less restrictive can you let people be happy.”
Fellow singer and rapper Nicki Minaj earlier this month announced that she had puller out of a concert in Saudi Arabia to show support for Women and LGBT+ people in the country.