May 26, 2016

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The Weeknd, Belly Cancel 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Performance Over Donald Trump Appearance

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Barry Brecheisen/WireImage

The Weeknd and Belly were scheduled to perform "Might Not" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday but pulled out because of an appearance from rich-person-turned-presidential-hopeful Donald Trump on the same show.

Belly put out a statement explaining why they canceled their set:

"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 rep also told E! News:

"Belly, a man of the world who grew up as a minority immigrant in Canada, has a strong conviction against Donald Trump's radical beliefs. A strong believer in equal rights for all, Belly is taking a stand against a man who has made many negative and detrimental remarks about minorities, women, various religious groups and more. His television debut was meant to support the release of his soon-to-be-released mixtape Another Day in Paradise. Belly hopes that his fans understand his point of view, and he plans to make it up to them very soon."

E! also reported that there were people outside the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, protesting Trump's appearance and bashing Kimmel for giving him a platform on late-night TV.

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