Canadian artists Belly and The Weeknd are not in support of Republican Presidential Nominee, Donald Trump, and they made it known by canceling their scheduled performance Wednesday (May 25) on Jimmy Kimmel Live because they did not want to appear on the same stage as the controversial candidate.
Belly was set to perform on the show to promote his upcoming mixtape Another Day In Paradise and The Weeknd was going to perform with Belly on their song together called, “Might Not.” Belly felt that he is promoting a brand of positivity and love, and performing on the show that was celebrating Donald Trump, who promotes the opposite of what he believes in, was something he could not do. Belly is also Muslim and Donald Trump’s negative comments on the Muslim community did not sit right with Belly.
“I’m here on a campaign of positivity and love and to contribute what I can to music,” Belly told the Associated Press. “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.”
Donald Trump, the Jimmy Kimmel Show, or The Weeknd would not comment on the situation but the show did continue with Donald Trump as the guest.
Belly’s mixtape, Another Day In Paradise, is set to release this Friday (May 27).