Jay-Z & Beyoncé Named Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple; Harry Belafonte Says They Abandoned Their Community
Forbes has announced that hip-hop power couple, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, is the highest paid celebrity union with a collective annual earning of $78 million. Although some are congratulating them for their hard work, legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte is quite disappointed.
The Hollywood Reporter asked him was he happy with the today’s image of members of minorities in Hollywood, to which he answered:
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 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 Beyoncé, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.
Without a doubt, high-profile Caucasian figures are known more for their charitable contributions than African Americans, but we mustn’t overlook those who actively participate in social and political causes. Will and Jada Smith, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey and Alicia Keys have all vigorously participated in various philanthropic areas.
Beyoncé recently became an ambassador for World Humanitarian Day and worked with Michelle Obama to fight obesity. I doubt The Daily will equate performing/promoting her songs to a charitable contribution, though.
Is Harry’s assessment accurate? Is BeyJay obligated to do more because they are wealthy?