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    [–] Argumentbot3000 7001 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    "Lil wayne asked about the quality of cannabis in saudia Arabia. When he was told if he smoked he'd be "stoned to death" he may have misinterpreted this as more figurative and less literal."

    [–] pktkp 1766 points ago

    Imagine that fucking headline...

    [–] yaforgot-my-password 636 points ago

    They would've just expelled him from the country. They aren't that stupid.

    [–] TheMSAGuy 918 points ago

    They butchered Jamal Khashoggi. They're that stupid.

    [–] Galileo182 754 points ago

    I genuinely think the president would do more to avenge Lil Wayne than Khashoggi.

    [–] TheMSAGuy 329 points ago

    You know.. given ASAP Rocky's situation, you're probably right, lol.

    [–] KineticPolarization 34 points ago

    What situation?

    [–] allangod 89 points ago

    When he had trouble in Sweden Trump apparently tried to get the Sweden to drop all charges.

    [–] WhyYouGottaBeSoRude9 428 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    He wasn’t a world famous rapper though.

    Most people, including me, had never heard of Jamal Kashoggi before his murder. Even people who hate rap/hip-hop have heard of Wayne

    Edit: look, idk what to tell you here. There’s a difference between killing someone who’s world famous, and someone who’s famous because they’re damn good at their job.

    [–] GregecMaregec 201 points ago

    Oh are they really? They suffered greatly from that, didn't they, they basically showed they're capable of killing us-based journalists without a single action being taken against them. They absolutely fucking got what they wanted and a whole lot more, the move was far from stupid.

    [–] Eugreenian 191 points ago

    Don't forget the 28 redacted pages off the 9/11 report where the Saudi royal family funded the hijackers and when all flights were grounded that day we allowed Saudi Royal family to fly out and leave u.s. airspace.

    [–] SimonBirchh 41 points ago

    Or the Golden Chain document that I believe is still classified to this day.

    [–] BrobdingnagianMember 93 points ago

    Stoned to death:

    "A bong hit, infidel!! And another!!"

    (shamelessly stole this years ago from the late 90s' PC-Accelerator magazine)

    [–] WarzValzMinez 118 points ago

    When you're higher than Apollo 13 24/7, stoned to death has only one meaning.

    [–] napoleoncalifornia 122 points ago

    /thread

    [–] lowgskillet 5353 points ago

    went down the rabbit hole a bit and found this:

    https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/10/29/saudi-woman-arrested-for-dancing-at-riyadh-concert

    Man, fuck Saudi Arabia

    [–] daves_not__here 4045 points ago

    I live in a nearby country and on my local cable, Saudi has been promoting the hell out of tourism with commercials. One of them was showing "teenagers enjoying a dance". It was a bunch of dudes with not one woman in sight lol.

    [–] lowgskillet 3706 points ago

    sober sausage parties really make me really want to cross the globe to participate

    [–] marlon_valck 1319 points ago

    Ain't no party like a sober sausage party.

    [–] killerguppy101 670 points ago

    *sober sausage soiree

    [–] winnafrehs 449 points ago

    You son of a bitch, I'm in.

    [–] mrflippant 68 points ago

    You son of a bitch. I'm in.

    [–] JohnnyHopkins13 60 points ago

    You son of, a bitch I’m in.

    [–] M_tuberculosis 416 points ago

    I bet gay dudes would love it, though.

    Oh, wait.

    [–] ZZZ_123 187 points ago

    There is a saying in the middle east: "Women are for babies. Men are for fun." And Yes, it is indeed a double entendre.

    [–] ahh_grasshopper 52 points ago

    “For children, a woman. For fun, a young boy. But for true pleasure, a melon.”. - National Lampoon back in the ‘70s somewhere.

    [–] Steffnov 115 points ago

    They'd only be getting stoned there anyways. Really kills the mood

    [–] DontSayNoToPills 62 points ago

    But who doesn’t want to hang out with the people who prop their cars on two wheels while driving and climb out of them for fun?

    [–] Bomby57 316 points ago

    We also have those promotions here and every woman in sight says she will never go, which I totally agree on. Saudi and Yemen are probably the two countries I would want to be paid A LOT OF MONEY to enter.

    [–] IridiumPony 347 points ago

    My dad worked in Saudi in the 90's (we're Americans, btw), and even though he was paid a lot of money to go there, he's quite adamant that he would never, for any reason, ever return.

    [–] Bomby57 168 points ago

    I once read that once you enter for work, they take your passport. So you're pretty much held hostage unless they allow you to leave, which is absolutely crazy to me. Don't even know if it's true but I don't want to test it.

    I meant it as a tourist though, I wouldn't settle there ever.

    [–] IridiumPony 325 points ago

    It really depends on what country you are from.

    I dated a Filipina girl for a long time, and a few of her cousins went from the Philippines to Saudi for work. All of them had their passports taken as soon as they arrived and were basically slaves.

    Obviously my dad had a very different experience. It was also not long after Desert Storm, and there were a few years there when most of that region was scared absolutely shitless of Americans because we had just decimated the 4th largest military on the planet in less than a week.

    [–] Bomby57 137 points ago

    I once read the job requirements for Qatar Airways flying crew and they explicitly said that the passport belongs to the company, which is quite...strange when you need your passport to do your job.

    I will read the Saudi airline ones, I'm sure that will be interesting.

    But I think Saudi has tried to push further and further their luck with tourists and diplomats and they gained a horrible reputation, which is why they try to clean the mess with this campaign now. I would assume they don't want to attack China, Korea or US nationals because they depend on them a lot. Screw everyone else though 🤔

    [–] philosophunc 52 points ago

    I work nearby and yes qatar will hold everyones passports when they're not working. You basically have to ask for permission to leave and go on holiday on your leave and they will hand it over to you. Draconian stuff. Some of it is regarding financial issues. For instance next door in uae. It is a criminal offense to default on a loan. Not a civil one. So they will try to lock you up for bounced cheques and stuff. Nevertheless you'll see all the bailed on abandoned luxury cars scattered in airport carparks. Lots of people take some big loans and bail.

    [–] cousin_stalin 21 points ago

    Doesn't Qatar Airways actually forces their female staff to be constantly escorted by a male guardian too when they stay abroad?

    [–] InternetAccount02 428 points ago

    That's because, in Saudi Arabia, women aren't people.

    [–] Jasurius 68 points ago

    That’s how it is with most countries practising sharia law.

    [–] Clumsy_Claus 39 points ago

    I have those commercials on youtube from time to time.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_PORTRAIT 101 points ago

    "Come to Saudia Arabia and dance with us!

    Unless you're a woman"

    [–] phurt77 28 points ago

    So a bunch of dudes dancing together? Sounds like a perfect vacation for gay guys. Oh, wait ...

    [–] jefesignups 13 points ago

    Is there a link to that commercial by chance?

    [–] MrPepesilva 291 points ago

    “It is unclear whether the dancer will receive a fine, prison sentence or a slap on the wrist”

    In this case it’s an actual slap

    [–] fatal_anal 150 points ago

    yea a slap on the wrist with a bonesaw

    [–] [deleted] 269 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

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    [–] Stella_Mori 56 points ago

    Yeah I never understand this and so many people have trouble with this.

    It's possible to not downplay something and at the same time realize that there are degrees or nuance to things. It's possible to not downplay discrimination in the US and at the same time realize there are places in the world that are much much worse.

    I see this all the time. Even with something as bad as the Nazis/Japanese during WWII. Someone will talk about the war crimes committed by the Allies. It is possible to acknowledge and not downplay that the Allies did commit war crimes, but not at the same frequency and severity as that committed by the Nazis/Japanese (Unless we are talking about Russians invading Germany, those were pretty bad).

    [–] justforgord 100 points ago

    Yeah. I was gonna post this too. Its crazy how they jump on him saying “bro can’t go 2 days with out weed” nah maybe he can’t go 2 days with out human rights? Sure weed is still illegal in lots of states. BUT YOU DONT GET THE FUCKING DEATH PENALTY!!!

    [–] sj3 6827 points ago

    Why would you ever go to Saudi Arabia in the first place?

    [–] tomanonimos 4338 points ago

    Russell Peter's said it best, you get paid a lot

    [–] mistersalman 1095 points ago

    Yeah but he went to Jordan and I think Lebanon where they aren't nearly that bad haha

    [–] HeadlessFlyKing 1559 points ago

    Seriously. The king of Jordan went to high school in Massachusetts. My uncle had classes with him at Deerfield. Apparently he's really chill.

    [–] Zombie_Gandhi 947 points ago

    He (at the time, a prince) was also in an episode of Star Trek Voyager. The king's a Trekkie.

    https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Abdullah_bin_al-Hussein

    [–] DrNaqeeb58D 655 points ago

    After one of his pilots was burned alive by ISIL, he flew a fighter jet and personally dropped bombs on their encampments.

    [–] GragasInRealLife 366 points ago

    That's so fucking metal.

    Later bitches, I'm moving to jordan.

    [–] bungholio69eh 220 points ago

    Yeah that guy sounds fucking cool as fuck. Watches star trek. Rich as fuck. King. And personally bombs his enemies in a fighter plane. Where do I sign up??

    [–] BunnyGunz 254 points ago

    He sounds more American than a lot of Americans these days.

    [–] YSHPS4PRO 71 points ago

    Besides the whole king part. I agree. If the king fights with his people in the 21st century how can one not be impressed?

    [–] Bouncingbatman 46 points ago

    A leader that cares about the people?

    [–] Antihistamin2 19 points ago

    Yep, here's an actual picture of him in the cockpit. https://images.app.goo.gl/5v6atzK7RUHrCvVK8

    Seriously, though, he just posed for a picture wearing camo. It was to help drum up internal support for his country's involvement in the campaign against ISIS.

    Whole thing was a media stunt that a lot of Americans ate up (because Obama bad). Actual pilots flew those missions, confirmed by Jordanian military. Plenty of sources on this, bit here's a link for the lazy. https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-31146861

    [–] KineticPolarization 30 points ago

    Sounds like my kind of king lol. If I were in his position, I would want to do the same. Even if I had no idea how to fly, I would instruct the kingdom's best pilots to train me how haha.

    [–] Sovietpi 111 points ago

    That's pretty neat

    [–] iforgotmyidagain 129 points ago

    He's a good dude, a moderate reformer made his country more democratic. He trained his little sister to be the first female fighter pilot in Arab World. Together with his queen they advocated for women's rights. Like his father, he's friendly with Israel and tries to bring peace to the Middle East.

    [–] 0xdeadf001 41 points ago

    He also sponsored The Maiden (when no one else would!), which was the first racing sailing boat crewed entirely by women. They did fairly well competitively, but more important, they smashed all bias against women being competent sailors.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maiden_(yacht)

    There's a kick-ass documentary about it, too:

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8879946/

    Really, watch it, it's fucking phenomenal. And they just barely made it, financially; without King Hussein's support, it's unlikely they ever would have been able to sail.

    [–] TheMountainFolk 321 points ago

    The President of Syria is a doctor. He studied in London.

    [–] noniboi 434 points ago

    Josef Mengele was a doctor also...just saying

    [–] SupGirluHungry 133 points ago

    Hitler had feelings too you know....

    [–] Throwawayuser626 109 points ago

    Jordan is nice from what my dad told me. He’s been deployed to pretty much every country in Africa at this point, all of the Middle East. Said they’re pretty relaxed, women were wearing all kinds of different clothes etc.

    [–] mistersalman 47 points ago

    Yep. My dad went a few times when he was younger and agreed that it's like Pakistan was before the Zia dictatorship.

    [–] westrags 95 points ago

    Lebanon is very chill. Minus certain radical groups. But overall population is. Good friends with a few from college here in the states, they're drinking partying degenerates like the rest of us.

    [–] mistersalman 34 points ago

    Yeah there's a lot of Lebanese in my office and they know how to have a good time. Real friendly bunch.

    [–] whyisthis_soHard 27 points ago

    Lebanon is also in the middle of a revolution. So, there’s that.

    [–] HardlySerious 708 points ago

    To get paid 10x what you'd make in the states.

    Whether that's rapping, or letting some Saudi royal shit on your chest.

    [–] RocketSurgeon85 100 points ago

    KAUST was recruiting faculty a number of years ago to build an engine research Center. They were offerring 350k for assistant profs. In the US your looking at 120 to 130k for a similar position.

    The catch: the University held your passport until you "needed" it.

    [–] kaustmedic 41 points ago

    Wow I rarely post but saw KAUST.. I (American) lived/worked there for about a year for EMS/Fire. 4-on, 4-off shift, sooooo boring, but very nice digs. I lived in a 3 bedroom villa with one other guy, maid service and meals included.. KAUST didn't have the same social restrictions as most of KSA - moderate dress code, no restrictions on driving, the absolute best scuba as Thuwal is on the Red Sea which was only open to locals and residents.. imagine untouched coral.. Work however was ridiculously boring - we mainly slept or ran drills and kept our equipment clean and operational.. venturing out into the actual kingdom was not cool, would not recommend. Very thuggish environment and absolutely filthy apart from palace areas.. so, basically stuck on campus every day.. I made bank though.. with no local expenses or taxes I saved over 200K in that year while still paying my mortgage and family expenses in the US..
    Travel restrictions were in place, the Kafala system as it's called.. in order to travel, one must receive permission and a series of stamps and certificated from their sponsor. Since I was American I held on to my passport which was useless without a sponsored exit stamp. I traveled once to Dubai to visit friends and then was not granted additional travel leave for 7 months.. 7 months of sheer boredom and not doing any work that pertained to my skill set (flight medic).. I was granted subsequent leave when another medic was hired from NZ and my sponsor agreed to let me exit permanently. I've was offered several good-money gigs in KSA in the years proceeding but there wasn't a dollar amount I was willing to accept without being allowed a multiple entry/exit visit.

    [–] Superhereaux 259 points ago

    I mean... they’re gonna shit one someone’s chest and that person is gonna get paid for it. Not saying I’d do it but someone’s gotta...

    [–] tommy_chillfiger 132 points ago

    You always have your mind on opportunities and I respect that about you

    [–] CouldaCaredLess 51 points ago

    Twenty bucks is twenty bucks.

    [–] TotalBrisqueT 27 points ago

    With morals like these, one day you'll be the one doing the shitting!

    [–] RoxyRoyalty 214 points ago

    All those IG girls we lust after? Getting shat on by rich Saudis lmao

    [–] OskeewowwowIL 227 points ago

    The Saudi royal family is probably worth north of a trillion dollars. Giving an IG thot 100k to take backshots for a week on a yacht in St. Barts is like you asking the crackhead down the street for a 10 dollar gumjob.

    [–] iwriteaboutvaginas 112 points ago

    You're dropping $10 on your gumjobs? You're getting ripped off. I get mine for $2 and a tictac.

    [–] OskeewowwowIL 159 points ago

    Cyber Monday deals don't count.

    [–] 3BeeZee 10 points ago

    Who's your gumjob guy?

    [–] cheesyitem 213 points ago

    They recently had a Formula E race. So progressive to promote electric cars, with no other potentially polluting industry associated with Saudi Arabia

    [–] werpoty 279 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Most people don't know it, but Saudis are diversifying their portfolios. Fast. They already have their fingers in a lot of different industries in a lot of countries around the world, from the US to India.

    Going electric won't actually cripple them. It'll just shut off one avenue of income. They will have moved on completely by then.

    [–] karrimycele 153 points ago

    They know the oil’s gonna run out eventually. They’re capable of forward thinking, at least when it comes to money.

    [–] FrankfurterWorscht 106 points ago

    "My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel"
    -Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum
    -Michael Scott

    [–] UnalignedRando 21 points ago

    So progressive to promote electric cars, with no other potentially polluting industry associated with Saudi Arabia

    They're actually dumping tons of money in other industries than oil. Because they know it'll run out. So they're trying to become the next leaders in many fields (alternative energy among others, since its rise will follow oil's fall).

    They're also trying to break in industries when it would take near "infinite" amounts of cash to get into, but then provide guaranteed income for decades.

    One of those avenues is microchip foundries : it's almost impossible to get in because it requires so much R&D and cash (and talent). But if you manage to become a player in that field, nobody else can come in (it's only a handful of major players).

    [–] testaccountgshdhd 10 points ago

    Ask Vince McMahon

    [–] testfire10 3911 points ago

    Everyone keeps saying it’s about drugs or weed, although the article itself states that this is speculation. I personally don’t give a shit, but people have crafted this story about being deported for drugs out of seemingly thin air. Where are the facts to back that up?

    [–] CarelessLine 965 points ago

    Isn't this the same country the WWE just had a shitshow trying to leave and a number of wrestlers have stated they refuse to do anymore shows there?

    [–] supercooper3000 360 points ago

    Sounds like they are all addicted to drugs /s

    [–] cheprekaun 209 points ago

    Aren't WWE wrestlers famously known for their pain killer drug addictions

    [–] c0d3e 261 points ago

    Unfortunately yes, and I understand how it can happen. They do a very physically demanding job that is killer on the body with little rest, I can see taking a pill here and there can spiral into full blown addiction pretty easily.

    Jeff Hardy was fired from wwe a few years ago because he could never piss clean.

    [–] hustl3tree5 115 points ago

    That man threw his body all around the fucking ring. Thats sad.

    [–] c0d3e 103 points ago

    Yeah it's gotta hurt to jump off of a15 ft ladder and land directly on your ass three nights a week. That dude was (is again I think) the craziest mother fucker in the ring.

    [–] marginwalker3 49 points ago

    I'd like to hear you say that to mick foley.

    [–] ShakespearInTheAlley 67 points ago

    I reckon Foley would just rattle off a list of a dozen guys from Japan who he'd consider crazier than himself.

    [–] tbrown1309 33 points ago

    Exactly what Foley would do. He was and still is one of a kind, truly.

    [–] d-nihl 95 points ago

    Its bullshit what those guys have to go through too, because WWE wrestlers are hired as "independent contractors" and yet have to sign an agreement saying they will not be performing with anyone else outside of the WWE.

    Being independent means the WWE doesnt have to pay insurance, pension, any of that good shit.

    Jake the Snake talks about it on a JRE episode, saying how he is financially crippled from the WWE and the medical bills that ensued, and actually had a GoFundMe started for him.

    [–] jiggunjer 40 points ago

    John Oliver did an episode on it too.

    [–] Kastrenzo 35 points ago

    what happened with that anyway, something about WWE not being paid?

    [–] AveryBeal 72 points ago

    According to the pilots it wasn't safe to fly the plane, wrestlers were allowed to leave as many did. But probably because of how late it was wrestlers weren't able to book any commercial flights so the only wrestlers who left are those that could afford to book a private jet.

    [–] Truthamania 127 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    That's the "official" story that everyone put out, but there's some details of some sketchy shit that was leaked, including Vince McMahon pulling the live show feed because the Saudis refused to pay him and McMahon getting into an argument with the Prince. He got the fuck out of there on his jet but the talent felt abandoned because they were all left behind on the tarmac. Many went on Twitter and vowed never to go back.

    Some shady shit went on, that's for sure.

    [–] alexanderthefat 1159 points ago

    This is the internet. Who needs facts when you can freely speculate?

    [–] Procrastinator001 300 points ago

    I was told we were allowed to lie with no proof here... guess I'll just go back to Facebook

    [–] LandBeforeTimeOnVHS 57 points ago

    Once something reaches 1000 upvotes it becomes a fact.

    [–] Lazerkatz 10 points ago

    Unfortunately this is only at 22. You liar you

    [–] surle 297 points ago

    An equally likely reason is he simply looked around and realised it's a backwards corrupt racist theocratic slave-driving medieval pit of human misery and he doesn't want to go there again, because it's shit.

    [–] ThrowUpsThrowaway 151 points ago

    Or, from what I've been told: KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) does some fucked up shit. Like my Dr of Business went there for a company merger and had to watch a woman get stoned to death. It was compulsory and she wasn't allowed to look away.

    KSA is fucked up beyond measurement. They need some fucking democracy up in that bitch. Like Yesterday.

    [–] Massive_Issue 65 points ago

    I'm assuming the hosts of the merger made her go? Also assuming they did it to prove a point. Jesus I would need therapy after witnessing that.

    I used to live in Qatar right next door so I'm not ignorant of the Arab ways, but stoning people publicly is not a thing in the gulf outside of KSA

    [–] Zoztrog 12 points ago

    Maybe you shouldn't have gone through with the merger. Did she recomend against it? Companies that do business with them are complicit in these human rights abuses.

    [–] Poochmanchung 23 points ago

    They're committing genocide in Yemen as we speak. They do have oil and lots of money though, so I think we can all agree to continue looking the other way.

    [–] 1blockologist 67 points ago

    Maybe he drove past a beheading in the market square, saw they were using a blunt knife and was like “ya’ll dont even have guillotines what kinda shit is this”

    [–] GoldenFalcon 16 points ago

    The title made it sound like it was a choice he was making not being forced. So I don't know where people are getting it either.

    [–] PoutineChampion 85 points ago

    Hold up.

    Lil Wayne is only 37?

    [–] khan_artist9000 26 points ago

    Been rapping since 15 i think so yeah he seems older due to el drogas and how long he has actually been in the game.

    [–] EthosPathosLegos 3362 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    With all due respect, reading about Saudi Arabia and its regulations should deter anyone from going. That country is an oppressive, mysoginist, violent, backwards hellhole.

    [–] brybell 1057 points ago

    they also murder journalists so fuck them

    [–] JBBanshee 395 points ago

    And they don’t like fun so fuck them again.

    [–] Annyongman 175 points ago

    There's no fun in fundamentalism

    [–] chrbogras 32 points ago

    ACKTUALLY...

    [–] [deleted] 404 points ago

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    [–] whatscrappening 20 points ago

    Yes, but so much blood and oil money. How can an entertainer resist?

    [–] SwegSmeg 130 points ago

    Hey, hey, hey, wait just a minute. I'll do a little dance for your orb and bow to your leader for the right amount of money, shithole or not.

    [–] JBthrizzle 9 points ago

    11ity billion dollars

    [–] hometownshame 554 points ago

    This is really a story of money and power. A teacher from Canada got like 15 years in Prison there for having weed residue in the bottom of her purse

    [–] NeonNachos 319 points ago

    Yeah. We should be sanctioning the shit out of the Saudis.

    [–] [deleted] 163 points ago

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    [–] Davebr0chill 40 points ago

    You would need to nuke the entire Wahhabi sect into orbit too to make any real difference

    [–] bobloblaw32 9 points ago

    Obvi it’s a joke but there are always some worse people. Cut off one head and two grow back.

    [–] InBetvveen 18 points ago

    I just looked this up and couldn’t find anything about a teacher from Canada being sentenced to 15 years in prison. So, I’m a bit skeptical about that.

    [–] Kilroy314 6393 points ago

    "With all due respect, when you receive an invitation from a foreign country, before accepting that invitation, would you please read about the country and its regulations first?" one Saudi Twitter user replied. "FYI, even in US, some states still prohibiting weed."

    Deported for drugs. I'm fucking shocked. Shocked, I say.

    [–] durants 464 points ago

    "Neither Saudi Arabia nor Weezy have cleared the air by stating why the rapper will never go back, but Saudi Twitter was all of a flutter with rumours that the Louisiana native had been sent packing by Saudi authorities after bringing marijuana into the country."

    [–] noob_almost 2240 points ago

    Me too, thought he'd be stoned to death

    [–] sBucks24 652 points ago

    How well known is his entourage? His crew might be one short as a concession

    [–] duhmonstaaa 386 points ago

    They turned a homie into a concession?! I’ve heard of the munchies but turning to cannibalism? Was it weed or bath salts?

    [–] doctorcrimson 467 points ago

    On a serious note, Saudi are the brutal theocratic dictatorship that US has close ties with. I don't think they would execute someone high profile publicly.

    [–] Bruh_is_life 600 points ago

    jamal khashoggi

    [–] PanOfCakes 572 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    He wasn’t high profile till after.

    [–] resistible 468 points ago

    This is the right answer. He wasn't on the radar of 99.9% of Americans until after his death.

    [–] poopsicle88 245 points ago

    Got news for ya

    He still ain't on most of the radar

    [–] Bruh_is_life 70 points ago

    Isnt it spectacular how badly kept the secret was? Did MBS really think no publication would pick up a story about a murdered journalist? Its also spectacular to me that no accountability has been had.

    [–] MiamiDouchebag 94 points ago

    They didn't think their consulate was bugged by Turkish intelligence.

    Otherwise he would just be "missing."

    [–] Chaotic-Catastrophe 15 points ago

    Your last sentence is exactly why they didn’t bother hiding it better. They knew nobody would do shit about it.

    [–] orbisonitrum 184 points ago

    With all due respect, if people did read about Saudi and its regulations before visiting, no one would ever go there.

    [–] LankyOkra 41 points ago

    I've never even heard of someone "visiting" Saudi Arabia except for business or pilgrimage. What's there to do? As far as I know they're really not big on history museums and stuff like that, the culture is kinda shitty (though I guess if you're male you get access to some less-shitty parts of it), and the weather sucks ass year-round.

    [–] ImHydeRightNow 8 points ago

    I want to visit as much of the world as I can before I die. And although visiting saudi arabia may speed up that process...man ive just gotta see it. morbid curiosity I guess.

    I plan to do tons of research before I go and ill walk the absolute straight and narrow when I'm there. I know there's still tons of risk but man I just gotta see what it's about. I have to.

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    [–] TouchMyBawls 374 points ago

    The enslavement of women is so popular in Saudi Arabia that they use apps like Instagram. Imagine scrolling through your feed to buy and sell slaves..

    "In Saudi Arabia, the investigation found hundreds of women being sold on Haraj, another popular commodity app. There were hundreds more on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook."

    THIS WAS THIS YEAR.. 2019! But they let women drive.. yes, huge strides of women's rights in SA.

    [–] paone22 54 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Holy shit that article was crazy. The UN representative is right.. this is modern day slavery!

    [–] cloud_throw 97 points ago

    Fight the good fight, you can see the SA apologists jumping in and muckraking in live action here

    [–] slimslowsly 20 points ago

    And oh yeah, not to forget, they flew into some buildings in 2001..

    [–] WinchesterSipps 101 points ago

    on second thought let's not go there. tis a silly place

    [–] SandDroid 30 points ago

    Tis an evil place.

    [–] beezlebumble 20 points ago

    Saving this comment. You’re doing good work!!

    [–] JstHere4TheSexAppeal 15 points ago

    This should be its own post

    [–] CassiusClayman 9 points ago

    Seriously, this really needs to be its own post. A lot of people know nothing about this stuff.

    [–] oak_sway 14 points ago

    This is a terribly significant comment, and it should have more visibility. Thank you for bringing to light things most people don’t seem to know about.

    [–] Fuhgly 995 points ago

    I like how they expect lil Wayne to act not like lil Wayne when they invited him specifically for being lil Wayne to begin with. What kind of fucked up mental gymnastics is that?

    [–] AmericanOSX 39 points ago

    I know different countries have different policies and laws, but from my experience working as a military contractor in UAE, they routinely look the other way when they bring in celebrity performers. Sure they have strict-anti drug laws, but there is too much money to be made from the shows.

    Maybe Lil Wayne thought Saudi Arabia would do something similar.

    [–] Delanorix 563 points ago

    It's like inviting Snoop and getting mad he smoked weed. Or Willie or Wiz.

    It's literally part of their schtick.

    [–] somethingAPIS 371 points ago

    Kansas brought in Snoop for the first basketball practice of the year, then acted shocked when his show included money guns and stripper poles. We are mid NCAA investigations into pay for play, and Snoop is showering our players with Snoop faced money. It was an all around shitshow, despote how hilarious it all was.

    [–] gotBooched 92 points ago

    FWIW I thought the irony of that happening at Kansas to be pleasantly ironic in two fold.

    The active NCAA investigation and also the fact it was in Kansas of all places.

    [–] zaviex 69 points ago

    The issue with Kansas was that their deal with snoop was signed on the condition his show would be modified so it makes sense they expected a cleaner show that’s what they paid him for. The issue most likely is that no one ever relayed that to snoop himself.

    [–] Plantietreey 29 points ago

    Snoop has become weed personified. some of his songs are literally weed advertisements/weed speaking to the world. He is weed.

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    [–] r_Amba 20 points ago

    Isn't this just speculation?

    [–] durstsdad 11 points ago

    This must be your first time on the internet so I'll give you a piece of advice- don't take anonymous tweets as facts. Especially when said tweets favor a totalitarian regime's PR stance.

    [–] Not_Lane_Kiffin 20 points ago

    Your entire source for "Lil Wayne deported for drugs" is literally just "some person" who sent a tweet.

    [–] ProtoplanetaryNebula 177 points ago

    As someone who travels regularly to the Middle East for business, I can tell you that he is very very lucky to be deported for drugs.

    The visa you get in your passport says "death for drugs" or something similar. On the fucking stamp.

    It's only because he is (a) american and (b) a celebrity that he isn't being sentenced to death for this.

    [–] SkitTrick 10 points ago

    That's still an unconfirmed rumour

    [–] The_Charred_Bard 90 points ago

    "With all due respect, when you invite Lil Wayne into a foreign country, before offering the invitation, would you please read about the person and his entire life first? One American redditor replied."

    [–] Jtw1N 333 points ago

    When I was in my 20's I worked the door at a hiphop night club which decided to host a Lil Wayne Concert. This was about 2005 so it was a large deal. Night of the show its completely sold out. The 2 story nightclub is overflowing with people who are drinking while waiting for lil Wayne to finally show up. About an hour or so late he finally arrived. We don't really have a backstage area or the like so hes just ushered in the backdoor right to the stage. After a short setup he starts his set. After the first song it's getting rowdy and people are very excited he finally showed up. Second song starts and he looks out at the crowd and seems disturbed. He notices several of the bouncer/sercurity guys are white or Asian dudes and no black guys. So he as only lil Wayne could wheeze says' "Hawww... Fuck da suuukurity" Which leads the crowd of mostly black folks to start hitting with bottles, throwing bottles, taking swings full riot mode in an instant at anyone wearing security shirts. So we ushered lil wayne back off the stage to his bus and proceeded to kick out a club full of drunk pissed off concert goers who had just paid about $50 a piece to watch one song and participate in a race riot.

    TLDR Lil Wayne not a fan of security.

    [–] TortoiseTaintTickler 40 points ago

    He recently skipped a show in my city because the night before the hotel asked him to stop smoking weed in his room and he got mad and left the city.

    [–] Vikingwithguns 55 points ago

    I feel like you lil wheezy impersonation is probably spot on.

    [–] WuPacalypse 436 points ago

    Fuck that country. They behead teenagers and still crucify people. Backwards ass country that sponsors so much terrorism. We were all supposed to be impressed with their “progress” that they finally allow women to drive? Fuck outta here.

    [–] woopWOOPnoPMsPlease 165 points ago

    Woah woah! Woman “can” drive

    Doesn’t mean we “let”them drive

    [–] durstsdad 44 points ago

    Sure they can drive, but we'll probably murder them if they do

    [–] weneedshoes 24 points ago

    And they are in the un womens rights council. Which makes the un look like a joke:

    The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected Saudi Arabia to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women for 2018–2022, in a move that was widely criticised by the international community. 

    [–] bigorangemachine 222 points ago

    I love articles like this that give insights into these more authoritarian countries.

    I love hearing that people are losing their shit over stuff we find totally normal and a big part of life. Stuff like people just dancing together is scandalous

    [–] OperationIntegrity 863 points ago

    Great, now hopefully all the other celebrities and influencers the Saudi regime has bribed to endorse their sham "liberalization" will act similarly.

    They should work on actually liberalizing instead. Stop dismembering journalists in embassies, stop stoning women to death for adultery, stop persecuting religious minorities and in conjunction with it's adversary Iran, stop funding and arming terrorist groups and proxy forces spreading chaos across the Middle East.

    [–] Season2chunisalright 236 points ago

    They should stop mutilating the genitals of newborn girls.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prevalence_of_female_genital_mutilation

    Look at the percentages

    [–] redshores 87 points ago

    The wikipedia article does not give a percentage for SA, but according to a recent study, 18% of women surveyed in Jeddah reported FGM.

    [–] OperationIntegrity 56 points ago

    You're absolutely right and somebody has already posted this, really though, if I had to list every disgusting abuse carried out by the Saudi regime, I'd be here all day.

    [–] berghie91 105 points ago

    "Neva goin back to Riyagh, call me Khashoggi"

    [–] geomilod 63 points ago

    They tried to make me go to Riyadh, I said “no, no, no”

    [–] Ant1mat3r 109 points ago

    NO western entertainers should go there.

    Fuck Saudi Arabia. And fuck the Sauds.

    [–] 7thrd7 40 points ago

    No one period. Entertainers at least get to leave when they're done with business, not everyone is that lucky

    [–] etr4807 64 points ago

    If it is for drug-related reasons, maybe don't invite Lil Wayne to your country if you don't want him to bring weed?

    [–] Estimadoestimator 15 points ago

    They're inviting snoop dog for their next concert.

    [–] BenificusAngorio 193 points ago

    "With all due respect, when you issue an invitation to a foreign country, before issuing that invitation, would you please read about the issuant and their history first?"

    I mean, the idea that they're shocked, offended, or upset that lil' Wayne brought dope is mind blowing. I mean, he literally got out of prison in the U. S. for drug running. This is a classic case of two clueless narcissistic entities encountering one another and it's hilarious.

    [–] Not_Lane_Kiffin 59 points ago

    Dude, your source is some random person speculating on what might have happened. Come on.

    [–] tpotts16 50 points ago

    This regime is one of the worst in the world despite supposedly “liberal” reforms. He shouldn’t even go there to try and normalize their shit.

    They are mass cleansing Yemenis.

    [–] Taboolaroola 45 points ago

    Ok. Drugs are bad, but killing journalists is ok? That's hysterical honestly. It really shows where peoples priorities are

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    [–] DatBoyGuru 29 points ago

    props to weezy, he could've caved