Canadian artists Belly and The Weeknd canceled their scheduled performance on Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday because Donald Trump, who is currently running for the Republican Presidential nomination, was set to appear on the show that day.
Belly released a statement, giving his reason for canceling his performance:
“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. “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.”
When asked by The Hollywood Reporter, the Jimmy Kimmel show, had no comment, and Trump and The Weeknd did not reply by press time.
Belly and The Weeknd were set to perform Belly’s song “Why Not,” which The Weeknd is featured on. Belly’s mixtape, “Another Day In Paradise” is set to be released on Friday.
Recently, artists have taken political stands by canceling performances. Several artists, including Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato and Bruce Springsteen have canceled performances in North Carolina due to the state’s HB2 Law, which requires transgender people to use the bathroom for the sex that they were assigned to at birth.