Musicians Pull Out of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Appearance — They Did Not Want to Be on the Same Show as a High-Profile Guest

May 31, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The ABC late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” had a couple of artists pull out of an appearance because they did not want to be on the same show with Donald Trump.

The AP reports that the R&B singer The Weeknd and rapper Belly, who are frequent collaborators, scrapped their scheduled performance on the show.

“The Oscar-nominated musicians were slated to record their performance Wednesday in Los Angeles for the late-night ABC show,” the story reports. “Belly said he canceled because he didn’t want to share a stage with Trump and disagrees with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s views and beliefs.”

Belly, who is Muslim, said in a statement: “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.”

Belly’s statement adds: “I’m here on a campaign of positivity and love and to contribute what I can to music. 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.”

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