The Weeknd and rapper Belly were scheduled to be on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday evening to promote their collaboration “Might Not,” but ABC News reports they canceled last minute, refusing to share the stage with Donald Trump.
“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,” Belly said in a statement. “I just didn’t want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that the 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,” he continued. “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.”
Trump first proposed his ban on Muslims coming into the United States in December, and alienated many non-Muslims in the process. Trump has since backtracked on his ban as he works to recruit Muslim voters to support his campaign.
Greg Porter filled in in their absence.