In a recent interview at the Locarno Film Festival The Hollywood Reporter sat down and had a Q&A with legendary Harry Belafonte, 85, the singer and actor talks about capitalism, he thinks Bruce Springsteen is black,why Mitt Romney shouldn’t be president and he also expressed his opinions on media moguls and his disappointment with Jay-Z and Beyoncé!
Here it goes…..
THR: Has the world changed for activists like you?
Belafonte: Definitely. Back then, the enemies were very clear, very precise. It is easy to fight oppression if it comes in [the form of] a swastika and a boot and as a dictator, and you can see it and feel it and touch it. It is easy when there is a sign that says “No N——“ or “No Jews.“ Where it becomes the most insidious is when it buries itself and you can no longer touch it, but taste that yet it is there, fully blown, doing insane mischief. That is why I think the period now is the most challenging I’ve ever lived in. The power in many societies has become almost absolute. Those whohave the power in the free enterprise system start to crush societies and create wars that are unholy. What we did during the Bush period, what we still continue to do, even with Barack Obama, is the continuency of not changing the paradigm, of not changing the view. We still have laws that encourage torture, we did not change Guantanamo, we have laws that allow the police to arrest you at any time, not having to tell you why, and take you wherever they want. This kind of capitalism is taking us to the doorstep of [a] Fourth Reich, I think.
THR: Would you want Mitt Romney to become the next U.S. president?
Belafonte: Only if I would like to see the end of civilization. No, absolutely not, Mitt Romney is not my cup of tea at all.
(Beyoncé stans should leave the room)
THR: Back to the occasion of the award for your acting career. Are you happy with the image of members of minorities in Hollywood today?
Belafonte: 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 Afghanistans, the Iraquis 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 andBeyoncé, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.
I can understand his point of view, I respect his opinion can you?