Renowned Artists Protest Donald Trump by Canceling TV Performance
Palestinian Canadian rapper Belly and the world famous Canadian R&B singer The Weeknd cancled their appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! because Donald Trump was scheduled as the guest, Associated Press (AP) reports.
The two Oscar-nominated artists were slated to record a performance of their collaboration "Might Not" on Wednesday night in Los Angeles for the late-night ABC show, but Belly canceled and made a statement explaining why he refuses to share the stage with the Republican presidential nominee.
"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 to AP. "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."
With this protest, Belly joins a long list of politicians and voters who have criticized Trump for his views and statements on women, immigrants, and refugees. Many were turned off by the Republican specifically when he called for a complete ban on Muslim immigration and labeled Mexican immigrants who are illegally residing in the US as "rapists."
Representatives on behalf of Trump have not yet responded to requests for a comment. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! show "had no comment," and Grammy-winning artist The Weeknd has also yet to respond with a statement.
"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."
Belly and The Weeknd had previously teamed up on the Oscar-nominated original song "Earned It" from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. The weeknd is also featured on "6 Inch," which Belly co-wrote for Beyonce's critically acclaimed album Lemonade.
I'm a storyteller at heart, and music makes my world go round.