“Say You, Say Me,” say you aren’t going to Saudi Arabia, Lionel!

Lionel Richie was one of the most beloved musical artists on the planet. In the 1980s, he charmed the world with such hits as such as “Endless Love” (with Diana Ross), “Say You, Say Me,” “All Night Long (All Night),” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” But last month — despite calls for him to cancel — he performed in Apartheid Israel and now, on February 28, 2020, he is scheduled to perform in Saudi Arabia.

Add your name to our letter asking Lionel Richie to stop crossing picket lines and cancel his February 2020 concert at the Tantora festival in Saudi Arabia.


Dear Lionel Richie,

We appeal to you to cancel your February 28, 2020 concert at the Tantora cultural festival in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.

In July 2019, hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj canceled her performance at the Jeddah festival in Saudi Arabia after learning about the terrible human rights abuses committed by Saudi Arabia. “While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression,” she said.

Not only does Saudi Arabia not allow LBGTQ+ individuals and women the basic rights of self-expression — less than six months ago, Saudi Arabia executed five men for “crime” homosexuality after exacting confessions from them through torture — but since 2015, Saudi Arabia has been waging a war on Yemen so brutal that around 85,000 children under the age of five have died of hunger and more continue to perish every day. According to the UN, every 10 minutes a Yemeni child dies from war and hunger.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has still not been held accountable for the barbaric murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose dead body was chopped up with a bone saw and dissolved in acid to hide the evidence.

Though Saudi women have recently seen a small increase basic rights as they were granted the right to drive in 2018, the very women who campaigned for this right in Saudi Arabiahave since been arrested, imprisoned, and tortured through electroshock, beatings, sexual harassment, and waterboarding. On August 1, 2019, Saudi Arabia announced that they would be doing away with part of their oppressive male guardianship system, finally allowing women to travel without permission from a male relative, but Saudi women still have to get the permission of their male guardian to marry or divorce and they still face state-sponsored misogyny and gender-segregation.

We hope you will follow Nicki Minaj’s lead and cancel your show for the sake of Yemeni children, the LGBTQ community, Saudi women, journalists, and anyone seeking to love their partners and speak for themselves.

This past summer, we appealed to you to cancel your September 12 concert in Tel Aviv in accordance with the call to boycott Israel until Palestinians have freedom and equality. Unfortunately, you chose to cross the picket line and go ahead with that performance. We hope this time,for the sake of Yemeni children, Saudi women, queer Saudis, dissidents and journalists — including justice for Jamal Khashoggi —, you will decide to follow Nicki’s Minaj’s lead and cancel your February 28 concert at the Tantora festival in Saudi Arabia.

Sincerely,

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  • Michael Z Letwin
    @MichaelLetwin tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-28 17:48:17 -0400
    Dear @LionelRichie, please don’t go ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ of demolished Palestinian homes Please cancel your Tel Aviv concert. #LionelDontGo to apartheid Israel. https://www.codepink.org/lioneldontgo?recruiter_id=384159
  • Michael Z Letwin
    signed 2019-08-28 17:47:40 -0400
  • Johannes Dowit
    signed 2019-08-28 17:26:42 -0400
    Dear Mr. Richie, please postpone performing in Palestine/Israel until the rights of Palestinians are recognized, apartheid is abolished, and true democracy is established, from the river Jordan to the sea. You would draw an important sign for all to see.

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  • PalAChara
    @PalAChara tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-28 17:20:02 -0400
    Dear @LionelRichie, please don’t go ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ of demolished Palestinian homes Please cancel your Tel Aviv concert. #LionelDontGo to apartheid Israel. https://www.codepink.org/lioneldontgo?recruiter_id=740908
  • John Geoghegan
    signed 2019-08-28 17:19:45 -0400
  • Safa Moussoud
    signed 2019-08-28 17:10:49 -0400
  • Peter Shebib
    signed 2019-08-28 17:08:54 -0400
  • Farisha Aldean
    signed 2019-08-28 17:01:42 -0400
  • Cyril Miller
    signed 2019-08-28 16:24:45 -0400
  • Ermo Ikävalko
    signed 2019-08-28 15:19:08 -0400
  • Laura Colombini
    signed 2019-08-28 15:16:41 -0400
  • Gerhard Hummel
    signed 2019-08-28 14:49:38 -0400
  • Kenneth McDougall
    signed 2019-08-28 14:25:20 -0400
  • Claude Haridge
    signed 2019-08-28 14:20:37 -0400
  • Phillip Mann
    signed 2019-08-28 14:18:02 -0400
    Please don’t support this apartheid country
  • Kay Farhat
    signed 2019-08-28 14:08:30 -0400
  • fatin ann halloway
    signed 2019-08-28 14:08:10 -0400
  • Maya Roy
    signed 2019-08-28 13:55:53 -0400
  • Zain Nazawali
    signed 2019-08-28 13:44:10 -0400
  • Pat Gibbs
    signed 2019-08-28 13:21:47 -0400
    I am so disappointed in Lionel Richie for this. Please rethink this and withdraw. You really don’t want to support an apartheid regime do you?
  • christine rodamer
    signed 2019-08-28 13:18:59 -0400
  • Richard Deaton
    signed 2019-08-28 13:17:30 -0400
    Don’t go ! Support the civil rights of Palestinians.
  • Saovakon Chalermkwun
    signed 2019-08-28 13:11:28 -0400
    Stop joining ISRAHELL !!
  • Gretchen Crawford
    signed 2019-08-28 13:08:14 -0400
    Black Lives Matter, and they support BDS for Palestinian Rights. Don’t leave other musicians who’ve joined the important cultural Boycott of Israel standing alone. Please stand with Lauryn Hill and Roger Waters and all musicians of concience . Human rights are denied in Israel, which is a white supremacist fascist state. Empowering them empowers Militarized Racism and Fascism everywhere. Be American! Support democracy and your fellow artists! Please, Lionel, cancel that trip to IsRaHell!
  • Majid Riaz
    signed 2019-08-28 13:01:24 -0400
  • Jouma Ramadan
    signed 2019-08-28 12:45:53 -0400
    Lionel, please don’t be complicit in the crimes committed by apartheid Israel against the Palestinians. Don’t take their blood money and don’t whitewash the occupation.
  • Robin Brayton
    signed 2019-08-28 12:35:05 -0400
  • Robin Brayton
    @BraytonRobin tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-28 12:34:40 -0400
    Dear @LionelRichie, please don’t go ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ of demolished Palestinian homes Please cancel your Tel Aviv concert. #LionelDontGo to apartheid Israel. https://www.codepink.org/lioneldontgo?recruiter_id=501523
  • Robin Brayton
    signed 2019-08-28 12:34:26 -0400
  • Craig Mankin
    signed 2019-08-28 12:34:00 -0400
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