Harry Belafonte is disappointed in Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte has accused music industry power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé of turning "their back on social responsibility."
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter from the Locarno Film Festival where the 85-year-old was on hand to receive a lifetime achievement award, the outspoken star talked about his continued political activism, his concerns with the effects of "unbridled capitalism," his documentary projects and the current state of Hollywood.
When asked if he is happy with the image of minorities in Hollywood today, Belafonte replied:
"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 Afghanistans, the Iraquis or the Spanish. It is all – excuse my French – s***. 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 Beyoncé, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black."
Read the full interview with Harry Belafonte here.
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