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Harry Belafonte BASHES Beyoncé's 'Social Responsibility' And She Responds!

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Harry Belafonte is a very well-respected artist and activist, but when it comes to other famous minorities, he's not so quick to express any mutual admiration.

The 84-year-old was recently asked about his thoughts on "the image of members of minorities in Hollywood today" and he responded that he is "not at all" happy about it.

So who is giving minorities a bad rep these days? Beyoncé and Jay-Z!

The King of Calypso bashed the power couple for turning "their back on social responsibility," but praised non-minority Bruce Springsteen in process, as he explained:

"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."

The Single Ladies singer isn't letting Belafonte tarnish her reputation though and has already responded with "an abbreviated list of the unselfish work" that she has done over the course of her magnificent career.

A few credits to her "social responsibility" include co-founding The Survivor Foundation, donating "100K in 2008 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike," while performing in and donating to "MTV’s Hope For Haiti Now! Benefit."

Most recently, Beyoncé helped launch a global humanitarian campaign with the United Nations and helped out with Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity.

Seems like she hasn't turned her back on ANY responsibility and has taken on more than most human beings could ever dream of handling!

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37 comments to “Harry Belafonte BASHES Beyoncé's 'Social Responsibility' And She Responds!”

  1. 1

    I would like to hear more from Belafonte. I'm sure Beyonce's people can pull together a list of donations, but it is a small percentage of her worth. Your average American donates 10%, I would like to know what she donates by percentage, and how much of that percentage she gets back in tax breaks. She gave $100,000 to hurricane relief - yet spends $400,000 on a summer rental.

  2. NegativeNat says – reply to this


    They donated $100,000 5 years ago and that makes them philanthropists? As far as her performing for Haiti why wouldn't she? It's more exposure! I don't understand how Perez can say she didn't turn her back on responsibility. They have more money than some of our states! If you make $80 million in ONE year you can't donate $2 million? They're just greedy.

  3. NegativeNat says – reply to this


    Re: rosebud99 – I absolutely agree with you!

  4. 4

    The guy has a point. Yeah, its great she donated 100,000 dollars but that's not really a large amount considering how much she's worth. I'm not saying her life should be dedicated to being a philanthropist but one of the good things about how much celebrity is focused on anymore is how much they can do to use that for good. Plenty of her peers, that are worth less than she is, donate millions to charity a year or have taken up their own cause and start their own charities.

  5. 5

    And how much was it again Bey spent on a private jet for jay z on fathers day? Oh yeah - almost 40 million dollars! Says it all. Sad :(

  6. 6

    Many of us donate to charity. Are you fucking kidding me?? so because she whips out a list of "donations" she and J feel they are socially responsible. I mean this is laughable. It's like KIM K going to Haiti in thigh high boots. I'm so glad someone is knocking this bitch off her pedestal, and I am not speaking from haterism. I myself, although not famous, enjoy a satisfying career, happily married in a nice secluded home in CT. Her ego is so disgusting, it sickens me to the core.

    I love how Perez has started blowing her up in the past week with already 4 posts I can remember off the top of my head. Enough is enough. I hate people who think so much of themselves and call being that inflated empowerment. She is so gross to me.

  7. 7

    Re: rosebud99 – I agree!!! I'm also tired of hearing about how so many celebrities helped out other countries in natural disasters and in wars too. Have they helped us for so long with our debt or national disasters, or war? No. I'm sick of America being the big brother to everyone else but it's own nation. Help out your own before you help out others. If you're not stable, you can help make someone else stable.

  8. chanel says – reply to this


    I'm in agreement with Belafonte. Celebrities should remember where they came from and who made them celebrities, their fans. I am really surprised at JayZ who came from the streets of Brooklyn. I would think that he would be more involved in helping stop the youth violence currently going on in Brooklyn right now as he is a role model and could send a strong message. Beyonce I don't expect much from, she seems all about the money and what it brings in material things. JayZ step up and help.

  9. 9

    Beyonce is a full-of-herself, under-talented, fame whore who spends money like a darkie who just got her welfare check. I'm tired of her and the total crap she spews. If she wants to retain any popularity, she needs to shut her pie hole and stop acting like ghetto trash that just got money. She is SUCH an asshole.

  10. suckitracistscum says – reply to this


    She's so SAD. Does she have an education? She's trying to remake them into Pitt-Jolie/Oprah style activists who do little but wank and smile at photo ops (and YES I mean AJ who fucks around mugging with brown people for the UN, a useless organization in terms of actually providing AID, for her own personal image management reasons).
    I agree, Springsteen is truly an activist and has spoken for justice throughout his career. Plus, he's very talented, unlike Pitt, JZ (or whatever he's called) and Jolie. Beyonce can sing but that's pretty much it.

  11. 11

    lol i love that to prove how unselfish and thoughtful she is, she puts out a list of things she's done to help. if you were really selfless and did those things just to help and not for pr, then you wouldn't even bother with a list, you would just let it go and be like whatever.

  12. 12

    Re: Yes You Bore Me – You are an idiot…there are more whites on welfare than darkies…once again…YOU ARE A FOOL

  13. 13

    I know where Belafonte is coming from. So many citizens and soldiers were needlessly killed, and children orphaned in Iraq and Afghanastan, and so little was said because — celebs don't want to risk ruffling anyone's feathers. The few who were brave enough had to endure all the ridiculous criticism.

    I also hope it was just a rumour that Beyonce and Jay-Z spent over $10,000 for a lunch. That whould be truly disgusting.

  14. Fairmaiden says – reply to this


    Way to say it Harry!!! I agree with you completely! The percent that they give back is NOTHING with what they make. They could also use their celebrity to do much more in the world. Shame on these people that carry purses that cost thousands as they pass by the needy and do not do their part.

  15. 15

    Re: rosebud99 – Truth!

  16. 16

    i am not hating on beyonce-she has a wonderful voice and is beautiful. however, i do think that Belafonte has a point. i mean, she is worth MILLIONS and she's proud she gave away $100,000? that isn't exactly what i call generous. i think bey would've been better off not having her publicist or whoever make this list cause it only goes to prove belafonte's point.

  17. stickrat says – reply to this


    harry knows his stuff. "the boss" has done piles more than these two. plus he can play an instrument, write an original song, sing(ok, beyonce actually does sing, all jay z does is talk kinda angry and fast) and when he performs he doesnt need twelve gay dudes doing choreographed dancing while changing outfits 8 times (that ones on you bey. this one hova is clear on )
    jay z brought a nba team to brooklyn. doin it for the people.

  18. 18

    I honestly don't know the backgrounds of any of the people involved in this story enough to comment on them specifically. But I think that a lot of people like to follow some excellent advice found in the Bible, about not letting the left hand know what the right hand is doing. As it applies to charitable and social good works, the point is, you should do them without advertising it. So I think when someone like Mr. Belafonte comes out and accuses others of not participating in social/charitable works, he isn't realizing that perhaps the people he accuses DO those things, but quietly, without a desire to enhance fame, reputation or social status. It doesn't matter if one is part of a specific social or cultural group and you "should" therefore be more blatant. Let people who want to work in the background do so.

  19. 19

    I'd like to add one more thing. Everyone seems to just assume that if something is a charity, it's legit, properly managed, not for profit, etc. But invest some time into details. How many of the people who run well respected charities are drawing six figures annually for salary? How much of the charitable "goods" (whatever they are, food, medical supplies etc.) actually get into the hands of the people you were told they were for? Did you know that this kind of thing is often a huge, revolting scam? So when it comes to criticizing people because they don't give to "charity" realize that it can take a lot of time and effort to verify which are or are not the truly good committed charities out there. A particular celebrity may make a token donation to a popular charity to save face of friends and associates, but know that in reality it's b.s.

  20. 20

    I agree. She was paid $2 Million to preform for Moammar Gadhafi's son Hannibal. When she got caught she returned the money.

  21. 21

    I am glad that Mr. Belafonte was the one calling JZ & Beyonce out. They both have been a power couple for years now pulling in 100 millions yearly. Donating 100K & the other lil things Beyonce has done is just plain sad. But we as fans have put them in that position. No one else. That's why I chose very carefully who I support as an artist. After she took 1 million to perform for a terrorist .. proved how greedy she is.

  22. pink says – reply to this


    Well at least she returned the money. Mariah, Nelly Furtado and Lionel Richie kept it.

  23. pink says – reply to this


    Harry is WRONG. It's not Beyonce and Jay Z's responsibility to speak on social and political issues. They're in showbiz and should stick to that. That's the job of black politicians and leaders. Why are Obama, Sharpton and Jackson not speaking out on black issues.

  24. pink says – reply to this


    rosebud99—-Please get Harry's azz hairs out of your mouth, Thanks:)

  25. roz says – reply to this


    Beyonce already released 'I was here' with 4 and sang it all over the place and guess how much transaction it got? Zilch! Now she's giving it a makeover and saying 'oh no, this wasn't actually all about me me me me me me even though all I do is talk about how I was heeeere blah blah, it's about CHARITY'. Charity my behind, let's see Beyonce release a *new* song with *relevant* lyrics and donate all proceeds to charity.

  26. 26

    She hasn't stood up and spoken out for or against anything. Donating to charity is just a surface tax deductible non-involving act. Stand up for something and then you'll earn respect!

  27. sandy says – reply to this


    to everyone who is saying 100k isn't much, that was just one tiny section of the list, there was sooo very much more, i just wanted to let you know that she has done so much more and i saw the full list somewhere and it is a LOT longer, and involves a LOT more numbers…

  28. Jackie says – reply to this


    Re: lastonestanding – Yes. If you give money to charity you get a tax deductable, also it's sad that Beyonce had to defend herself, maybe if she actually stood up for something and stopped blowing her money on luxurious things she wouldn't be accused and slammed for not being a true activist.

  29. aba says – reply to this


    Did she tell you that she spent 400k on a mansion, no she didn't, you read it on gossip magazines and you BELIVE it, how stupid can you be. Beyoncé has proved to be time and time again a classy lady, humble, not diva-ish at all like some of her peers. Jealousy is a bitch.

  30. 30

    im tired of the old victicrate mantality. stop blaming whitey for everything. its not the 60's anymore. everyone has oppurtunity these days. yes some people have more advantages than other people but there is white poor people, more as a percentage to be exact, that have to work a little harder than say a kennedy. stop your whinning, get up and go to work, better yourself and stop worrying about other people and what they do with the money they earn thru hard work. harry, a tired old man with a tired old message. hows that?

  31. JoannofHtown says – reply to this


    Thank you for your observations and bringing Light to the contributions they make. They have contributed much more than that to the world and social responsibility is not a foreign concept to Beyonce and Jay Z, it actually comes first with them. In the past many Leaders have felt isolated and were wounded by never getting the support they needed. As an example, blacks rarely attended Mr. Belafonte's concerts much less support the profound views he voiced. There has been a tremendous amount of change in the world since then. Heroic achievements involving calling individuals out to expose their crimes against Humanity has not gone unnoticed, it takes bravery and skill to say the least, but criticizing those who work hard at giving and helping to build a better world becomes destructive and only works to defeat the humanitarian purpose. Fighting for Freedom doesn't always have to be in a battle field, altho it must certainly at times feel like it, instead let each one give in ways that their skills and talent best suit them, whether its a song that uplifts, a smile that gives hope, or creating world programs for betterment…it's Contribution. Face with honesty the ways in which you have helped humanity. I see a Future in which Leaders will rise and work Together. Speaking of which, don't forget August 19th, World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others… thank U Beyonce for promoting it so Beautifully.

  32. Sunny says – reply to this


    It's NOT Beyonce's job to be an activist. She's a freaking singer! If she wanted to be an activist, she would've gone into politics not showbiz, idiot. Tell that to the politicians who get elected into office. That's THEIR JOB.

  33. 33

    ….100k of your hundreds and hundreds of millions? give me a break….

  34. gabbi14 says – reply to this


    Re: stagerlee – what the hell do you mean by classy she act like she is a goddess no one should act like the world center around them a goddess should be very humble and helpfull not selfish and all for herself and family and that list she made is total rubbish 100,000 really come on we all no it is not anyone duty to help people in need but out of kind heart and good soul it should have lead you to be obsessed with helping others and with all the money she can spend i guess she can do much better,and at the same time she will buy another rich person some real expensive jewels when that person can already afford to buy that same jewel

  35. kay-mo says – reply to this


    poeple should donate money to charity if and when they want to do so

  36. 36

    Y'all steady complaining about how much money she donated how much have y'all donated to help people out….that's her money that she worked hard for….she doesn't have to do shit for nobody….let's see if half y'all can come up with a 100k to donate….hold up wait a minute you can't…..don't get mad at her…get like her…hold up wait a minute you can't …..Oan: stop hate'n

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