Belafonte: Jay-Z, Beyonce Turned Their Backs On Social Responsibility

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Jigga-Man and Queen Bey might want to listen when grown folks are talking. Recently named the Forbes #1 Power Couple, Hollywood legend and social activist Harry Belafonte took them to task for being all flash and no substance, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

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THR reports:

The Hollywood Reporter: Your acting career is less known than your singing career. What does an Honor Award from a film festival mean to you?

Harry Belafonte: Such awards, coming from culture and societies where I do not linger, are a validation that there was a global receptivity to the fact that I have taken a stand against war, taken a stand against racism, sexism and so on, throughout the years. While at home some people would want to crucify me because of my political position, I am also being honored for what I do, and that validation is extremely important.

THR: Back to the occasion of the award for your acting career. Are you happy with the image of members of minorities in Hollywood today?

Belafonte: Not at all. They have not told the history of our people, nothing of who we are. We are still looking. We are not determinated. We are not driven by some technology that says you can kill Afghans, the Iraqis or the Spanish. It is all — excuse my French — shit. It is sad. And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.


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The Carter Couple earned a whopping $78 million in combined income over the last year. Beyonce out-earned her husband at $40 million to his $38 million.

Also speaking on conservative presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Belafonte said he would vote for him “only if I would like to see the end of civilization. No, absolutely not. Mitt Romney is not my cup of tea at all.”

Read more of Belafonte’s sharp and insightful interview at The Hollywood Reporter.

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