the weeknd and muslim rapper belly cancel tv performance in protest of trump

When they heard Trump was Jimmy Kimmel's guest that night, the pair pulled out of the show.

by Isabelle Hellyer
27 May 2016, 6:16am

Belly, a Canadian rapper signed to Jay Z's Roc Nation, cancelled his Jimmy Kimmel appearance after learning Donald Trump would also guest on the show that evening. He was set to perform Might Not, his latest track featuring The Weeknd. Together the pair have written some of Abel's biggest hits, including The Hills, Often, and Earned It — the latter nabbed them an Oscar nomination. Belly also penned the Lemonade track 6 Inch. 

"I'm here on a campaign of positivity and love," Belly said in a statement on his cancellation, explaining he couldn't share the stage with a man whose views were so far removed from his own. "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." During his presidential campaign, Trump has called to ban Muslim people from entering America.

"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, concluding he "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."

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