Belly & The Weeknd Refuse To Share ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Stage With Donald Trump
Whether or not they’ve heard YG and Nipsey Hussle’s raucous new anti-Trump song “F.D.T.,” rapper Belly and crooner The Weeknd evidently have the same mindset.
Last night, the two Canadian XO artists were set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live for a recorded performance of Belly’s “Might Not.” However, upon hearing word that Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, was scheduled to appear on the same show, they pulled out of the performance.
Belly released a statement on the matter to the Associated Press, saying, “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,” 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.”
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 26, 2016
The Weeknd, fresh off snagging eight trophies at the Billboard Music Awards, has yet to speak on the matter via statement or social media. Kimmel has not yet commented on the cancellation.