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Belly and The Weeknd pull out of Jimmy Kimmel performance over Trump appearance

By | Published on Thursday 26 May 2016


Canadian rapper Belly pulled out of an appearance on ‘Live With Jimmy Kimmel’ yesterday after realising that Donald Trump would also be a guest on the show. Belly was set to perform his single ‘Might Not’ with The Weeknd on the programme.

“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”, the rapper said in a statement to Associated Press. “I just didn’t want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that the 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. I create songs people go to sleep and wake up to, songs that they fall in love to”.

He continued: “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”.

Numerous musicians have come out against the assumed Republican presidential candidate, as his campaign has gained more traction in the US, of course. Though earlier this week Neil Young relaxed his views on Trump using his music at political rallies.

But, hey, in this modern world we can create our own TV. Here’s John Oliver’s recent ‘Last Week Tonight’ piece on Donald Trump followed by the video for ‘Might Not’: