Chicago rapper Kanye West is being criticized for performing in Kazakhstan over the weekend. The rapper was reportedly paid $3 million to play at a wedding for President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s grandson.
Kazakhstan’s government isn’t exactly known to be too sympathetic to its people’s human rights, which is why Kanye is under fire. Human Rights Watch director David Mepham tells The Daily Mail that “Kazakhstan’s serious and deteriorating human rights situation includes ‘credible allegations of torture, the imprisonment of government critics, tight controls over the media and freedom of expression and association, limits in religious freedom, and continuing violation of workers’ rights.'”
In 2011, Sting cancelled a concert in the country because of its social injustices, but $3 million was a bit too much money for Ye to walk away from.
Video from the show has been posted online, and showw the rapper performing for a crowd of disinterested people. Check it out.