“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,” Belly said. “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.”
In the end, Belly, who co-wrote The Weeknd’s hit “Earned It,” said he didn’t want his appearance on Kimmel to serve as a stamp of approval of sorts.
“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 continued. “I just didn’t want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that [a] majority of us don’t agree with.”