The Knowles and Carter camp have caught wind of a recent interview with Harry Belafonte, who suggested Beyonce nor Jay-Z are as socially responsible as they should be. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Belafonte said:
“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.”
Beyonce’s camp sent a response to the Wall Street Journal, calling it an “An abbreviated list of the unselfish work Beyoncé has done and continues to do.”
According to the site, 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.
What do you think of Beyonce actually responding to Belafonte’s criticism? Was it necessary or absolutely appropriate? [Photo: The Grio]