The Weeknd and Belly were scheduled to appear on Wednesday’s edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live, but canceled before the show taping because of guest Donald Trump.
“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 said in a statement provided to the Associated Press.
Belly is set to release his mixtape, Another Day in Paradise, on Friday. He has collaborated with The Weeknd on a number of tracks, including “Might Not,” which the duo were set to perform for Kimmel’s audience.
“I’m here on a campaign of positivity and love and to contribute what I can to music,” Belly added. “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.”
Trump has been criticized often for his inflammatory rhetoric during the presidential campaign. Back in December, after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris left 130 dead, the Republican frontrunner called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine. Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life. If I win the election for President, we are going to Make America Great Again,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump appeared on Kimmel’s show Wednesday, but made no mention of Belly or The Weeknd.