Harry Belafonte Calls Out Jay Z And Beyonce For Lack Of Social Responsibility
What Was Said:
“I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities," Belafonte told The Hollywood Reporter
. "But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay Z and Beyonce, for example."
When The Diss Came:
August 7, 2012
"Nickels And Dimes" from Magna Carta...Holy Grail
Date Of Response:
July 4, 2013
"I'm just trying to find common ground / Before Mr. Belafonte come and chop a nigga down / Mr. "Day-O," major fail / Respect these youngins boy, it's my time now / Hublot homie, two door homie / You don't know all the shit I do for the homies"
Belafonte changed his tone rather quickly, from confrontational to reconciliatory, offering to meet with Jay
so that they could talk out their differences, saying, "I would like to take this opportunity to say to Jay Z and to Beyonce, I’m wide open. My heart is filled with nothing but the hope of the promise that we could sit and have a one on one and let’s understand each other rather than trying to answer these questions and answer these nuances in a public place."
Jay went on Bill Maher's show a couple days later
and responded on the show, saying, "I didn’t think it was the correct venue. If it was something that was a real problem I’m not that difficult to find. Especially to someone of that stature. He can reach out to me and we can have a conversation and we can do some good together. It was a bit grandstanding to me." Nothing ever really came of it after that.