Two Canadian artists, The Weeknd and rapper Belly have canceled their performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! because Donald Trump was set to appear on the episode. The duo were set to record their performance in LA Wednesday night but chose not to because they disagree with Trump’s policies and views. The Canadian rapper Belly, who’s a muslim and an immigrant had this to say in a statement.
“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. I’m here on a campaign of positivity and love and to contribute what I can to music,” Belly said. “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.”