Harry Belafonte Calls Beyoncé and Jay-Z Socially Irresponsible

The singer-activist thinks Forbes' highest paid couple could do more.

Posted: 08/08/2012 02:10 PM EDT
Harry Belafonte Calls Out Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Harry Belafonte is a prominent elder in the entertainment business who has a message for two of today's biggest stars. The 85-year-old King of Calypso, who is known for his Caribbean music influence, many films and advocacy for human rights, is still vocal as ever about social injustices and celebrities playing their part in aiding humanity. He told The Hollywood Reporter that he’s not happy with minorities in Hollywood today, and feels that Beyoncé and Jay-Z, recently listed as Forbes’ highest paid couple, are socially irresponsible. 

"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," said Belafonte. "That goes for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is Black."

The Carter's made an incredible $78 million in combined income over the last year, solidifying them as the reigning entertainment couple. Bey out-earned her husband at $40 million to his $38 million, despite taking a large part of the year off to tend to their firstborn child.

While the two are known for living the lavish life, like many celebrities, they have done philanthropic work, including Bey’s many endorsements of the Obama campaign. Regardless, the couple’s efforts must not be enough as Mr. Belafonte wants to see more.

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