“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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  • Christopher Taktak
    signed 2019-07-31 18:03:14 -0400
  • Charles Clarke
    @ tweeted link to this page. 2019-07-31 15:58:57 -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=855668
  • Charles Clarke
    signed 2019-07-31 15:58:38 -0400
    You’re better than this, Lionel! Don’t lend your talent and support to an apartheid State! Let’s fight for a Free Palestine together.
  • Mary Brassell
    signed 2019-07-31 14:40:54 -0400
    Mary Brassell
  • Dan Malone
    signed 2019-07-31 13:42:11 -0400
  • Ayda Koleverii
    signed 2019-07-31 13:37:05 -0400
  • Joseph Moore
    signed 2019-07-31 13:35:06 -0400
  • Alexandrea Snyder
    signed 2019-07-31 13:30:40 -0400
  • Hani Dane
    signed 2019-07-31 13:28:13 -0400
  • nina riddel
    signed 2019-07-31 13:19:52 -0400
  • Daniel Sidorick
    signed 2019-07-31 13:17:59 -0400
  • mango bang bang
    signed 2019-07-31 10:52:32 -0400
  • Basheerah Van Wyk Mollagee
    signed via 2019-07-31 02:01:21 -0400
    By performing in Israel you will undermining the legitimacy of Palestine and the Palestinian people. #israel is illegally occupying a native people, who they subject to Apartheid & human rights violations on a daily basis. Do YOU really want to support #israels actions?🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸
  • Shireen Hamouda
    signed via 2019-07-30 23:40:55 -0400
  • Laila Schulte
    signed 2019-07-30 19:56:39 -0400
    Nooo! Please Lionel don’t go! Now is the time to make a stand for the oppressed, not to keep propping up the powerful oppressors in this world.
  • Alexander N Fierro-Clarke
    signed 2019-07-30 18:46:07 -0400
  • Abbi Casey
    signed 2019-07-30 18:11:43 -0400
  • Charlie Warner
    signed 2019-07-30 17:54:59 -0400
  • mick ryan
    signed 2019-07-30 16:20:27 -0400
    PLEASE, don’t go to apartheid Israel.
  • Hani Matariyeh
    signed 2019-07-30 16:17:01 -0400
  • Haneen Shat
    signed via 2019-07-30 16:04:44 -0400
  • Deema Waleed
    signed via 2019-07-30 15:18:47 -0400
  • AbdelKarim Alkahlout
    signed via 2019-07-30 14:46:05 -0400
    Don’t entertain Israeli apartheid.
  • Manal Shamali
    signed 2019-07-30 14:32:58 -0400
  • Esraa Mohammed
    signed via 2019-07-30 14:23:21 -0400
  • Graham Gavin
    signed 2019-07-30 14:23:14 -0400
  • Safaa Awad
    signed via 2019-07-30 14:22:34 -0400
  • Aya Alkurd
    signed via 2019-07-30 14:21:34 -0400
  • Asia Zoher
    signed via 2019-07-30 14:21:14 -0400
  • Soma Hamdan
    signed via 2019-07-30 14:18:13 -0400
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