Beyonce and Her Camp Respond to Harry Belafonte’s Claims of Selfishness
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Just a few days after reports circulated that actor Harry Belafonte feels like Jay-Z and Beyonce don’t do enough for their communities and lack social responsibility, it appears that the usually quiet Beyonce camp has responded. As we recently reported, Belafonte went on record about his disappointment in the younger generation of celebrities for what he perceives to be their lack of involvement in serious issues that plague our country and communities. During this admission, he specifically mentioned Jay-Z and Beyonce by name. He spoke about that famous couple and painted them as selfish celebrities who refuse to use their massive fortunes for real causes. Although Beyonce is usually mum on public criticism regarding her image and financial doings, the singer and her camp have chosen to respond to the accusations Harry Belafonte has made regarding what he calls a lack of effort on Beyonce’s part to do something good for mankind. Here’s the response:
In response to Belafonte’s words, Beyonce’s representative emailed what she called “An abbreviated list of the unselfish work Beyoncé has done and continues to do.” The list included co-founding The Survivor Foundation “a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston”; donating “100K in 2008 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund to aid Texas victims of Hurricane Ike”; performing in “MTV’s Hope For Haiti Now! Benefit in addition to making a generous monetary donation,” among many other charitable activities.
As we reported earlier, Belafonte said the following regarding a lack of social responsibility when it comes to celebrities in this day and age:
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.