In a Q&A session with ‘The Hollywood Reporter,’ legendary actor and social activist Harry Belafonte criticized music royals Beyonce and Jay-Z for ignoring their “social responsibility.” The 85-year-old entertainer believes that celebrities like Jayonce can inspire social change and he’s very disappointed that black celebrities in general are failing to do so.
“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”