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May262016

Rapper Belly Cancels "Kimmel" Appearance Over Donald Trump Booking

George Pimentel/WireImageAcclaimed rapper and songwriter Belly cancelled his appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, scheduled for Wednesday night, because Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was set to appear on the episode. The appearance was to have been Belly’s network television debut.

The Palestinian-born Canadian rapper recently had a #1 song, "Might Not," on the Billboard Rhythmic Charts with fellow Canadian rapper The Weeknd, who was also set to appear on Kimmel and cancelled.

"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," said a statement from Belly's publicist, in part. "A strong believer in equal right 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."

Trump has been criticized for his comments about women, refugees, immigrants and Muslims. He once called Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally "rapists," and called for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States early in his campaign.

Belly’s new mixtape, "Another Day In Paradise," will be released Friday, May 27.

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