Melania Trump Banned From Toby Keith Concert in Saudi Arabia
As Donald Trump and the First Lady get ready to visit Saudi Arabia, where the president is expected to announce an arms deal valued at $100 million or more, the nation has planned “male only” entertainment that Melania will not be allowed to attend — including a Toby Keith concert.
Toby Keith, who played during the celebration prior to Trump’s inauguration in DC, will be performing in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. The concert will be free and open to the public — as long as you have a penis. No women will be allowed to attend the event. Popular Saudi lute player Rabeh Sager will also perform.
Many of Keith’s songs, such as “Whiskey Girl,” “Beer For My Horses” and “I Love This Bar,” are inspired by alcohol — which is also banned in the Muslim nation. It is unclear if he will still perform the classic hits.
While she won’t be allowed to enjoy some country music, Melania Trump will at least not be required to don the strict Muslim attire — including head coverings — that is typically expected of visitors.
As we previously reported, German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not wear a veil on her recent visit to Riyadh, but her hair was censored on the nation’s news.
Ironically, Saudi Arabia is the newest addition to the United Nation’s Women’s Rights Commission.
Saudi Arabia’s addition to the commission, which is “exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women,” has been mocked globally. Even the far-left Washington Post referred to it as a “bit of a slap in the face for women’s rights.”
During the two day trip, Trump “will meet and have lunch with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries, where he will deliver an inspiring yet direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and his hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world,” US national security advisor H R McMaster told reporters earlier this week. He added that the trip is “intended to demonstrate America’s commitment to our Muslim partners.”
On Saturday evening, the first lady will join the president for dinner with members of the Saudi royal family.
Saudi Arabia has long been considered one of the worst nations for women’s rights — and is continuing to decline. In 2016, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report ranked Saudi Arabia 141 out of 144 countries for gender equality. In the previous year’s findings they were ranked at 134.
Under the nation’s sharia law, men are permitted to marry as many as four women at a time, and the figure includes marrying children, as there is no minimum age for marriage. Impoverished parents still marry off daughters for money.
Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive and must have a male guardian give them permission before they can conduct any business or receive certain medical treatments.