After finding out Donald Trump would be appearing on their same episode, The Weeknd and rapper Belly canceled their performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
“I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world — from religion to race. I just didn’t want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that majority of us don’t agree with.” — Belly said in an official statement.
Both Oscar nominated artists are from Canada and obviously don’t see eye-to-eye with Trump’s frank comments on immigration and Muslims.
“I’m here on a campaign of positivity and love and to contribute what I can to music,” Belly added. “I create songs people go to sleep and wake up to, songs that they fall in love to. For me, being Muslim and being somebody that appreciates my access here in America, I love the fact that I’m able to be here. To play my part in this business is a privilege and a beautiful thing. The fact that I could lose that ability through the actions of someone such as Donald Trump isn’t right to me. At all.”
Neither the Trump or Jimmy Kimmel reps have made a comment regarding the cancelation.