Harry Belafonte's DIRTY attack on Colin Powell !

  1. Did you all see Larry King last night?
    Or see Bill O'Reilly show ?

    See www.nytimes.com
    and type in harry belafonte in the search box

    You'll see two articles re Belafonte's verbal assault.

    Click on "Powell finesses sour not from Harry Belefonte"

    It seems Mr. B. has called the Secretary of State as similar
    to a field slave who has "come into the house of the master."

    And, called him an "Uncle Tom", and pathetically inadequate....
    Well, you get the drift...........

    O'Reilly was betting that Belafonte "will not apologise."

    I was thinking he will....or be ostrasized and ultimately be reduced to having no pals and having to play golf with O.J.

    The media is leaving it alone............................................. ...LOL
  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   sjoe
    Believe me, Powell has heard this "oreo" stuff many times in his lifetime. It won't be a surprise to him.

    And since when did anyone think H. Belafonte knew anything about politics? What has he ever done for world peace, other than sing "The Banana Boat Song" and do a few benefit shows? For that matter, when was the last time anyone heard ANYTHING about HB? Now he's found a way to get a bit of publicity. Cheap shot.
  4. by   Glad2behere
    Right, I think Colin will let that stuff bounce off...he almost has to.

    That's what got him as far as he is...he coulda been pres for the asking.
  5. by   Stargazer
    ...from the same article:
    Mr. Belafonte and Secretary Powell are both of Jamaican descent, and Mr. Powell is a huge fan of calypso music.

    But on that score, the Secretary is known to favor the social commentary of the Mighty Sparrow, "the Calypso King."

    Secretary Powell has often assured associates that Mr. Belafonte's calypso-style night-club performances are not the real thing.(italics mine)
    So there ya go.
  6. by   prn nurse
    I don't think we can underestimate Mr. Belafonte's political weight. He is much more than a calypso singer.
    See www.google.com type in harry belafonte and click on harry b. He has distinguished himself considerably.

    His biography lists numerous awards he has received:
    He has had honors conferred on him by :

    The American Jewish Congress
    Urban League
    Nat'l. Assoc. of Black Mayors
    Anti-Defamation League
    The State Department
    Peace Corp

    Recipient of the first Nelson Mandela Award

    For the past thirty years he has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Africans. He has used his personal fortune to create a foundation commited to elevating the welfare of millions of Africans.
    His daughter is also committed to perpetuating the foundation's work.

    He is described as a civil rights activist and a powerful political figure.

    He critisised Powell because of the U.S. pulling out of the World Conference in Africa last year. The U.S. and Israel walked out before the conference began when Israel was critisised . This was the origin of his attack on Powell.

    I think he feels Powell has failed to do anything for the starving millions in Africa. He feels he is working his butt off & spending personal funds as a private citizen, and Powell in the most powerful minority position in the world-- left Africa's World Conference this last August -- without making a significant committment. Obviously Belafonte thinks he could do a whole lot more. And is expressing his frustration.
  7. by   Stargazer
    Civil rights activist, I'll give you. "Powerful political figure"? Meh. Not so much. Despite all the swell awards, I think Mr. Belafonte might be overestimating his significance, or even relevance, in the political arena just a weensy bit.

    It's well-known that Powell has been the sole dissenting Cabinet voice on many different issues, up to and including whether to go to war against Iraq. Nonetheless, regardless of his intelligence and experience, he is one person, one voice, and he "serves at the pleasure of the President." There is only so much he can do.

    Accusing Powell of being an "Uncle Tom" smacks of grandstanding by Belafonte, as it is so clearly unwarranted and utterly at odds with everything Powell has tried to do and say in the past 2 years. This has already gotten more publicity than it deserved, and it wasn't all that much publicity at that. I agree with sjoe: When was the last time anyone heard anything about Belafonte? And who cares what he thinks he knows about international politics?
  8. by   fergus51
    I was not particularly impressed. There was a reason the US and Israel left the world summit, and I can't say I blame them. The focus seemed more on Israel bashing than doing anything constructive. Plus, I am sure the decision was not Mr. Powell's alone, and frankly, it is stupid to think that because he's black he should have any more concern or input into Bush's foreign policy in Africa than any of the white members of the administration. Harry B is not my role model and I don't think those cheap shots were really appropriate for an adult.
  9. by   Stargazer
    Okay, how much does Harry Belafonte need to be b*tch-slapped?

    Full article here :
    It's one thing for an aging celebrity leftist like Harry Belafonte to go on national television (twice) and call President Bush a slave master and two black senior members of his Administration--Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell--"house slaves." But it's another thing entirely to have a respected charity organization countenance this buffoonery.

    We learned recently that Africare, an African-aid group based in Washington, D.C., disinvited Ms. Rice to its annual fund-raising dinner, which will pay tribute to Mr. Belafonte's humanitarian efforts. She had agreed to give the keynote address, but Mr. Belafonte, who has compared the National Security Adviser to a "Jew" who was "doing things that were anti-Semitic and against the best interests of her people," told Africare that he could not abide Ms. Rice's presence. So the organizers rescinded the invitation to Ms. Rice.

    ...Mr. Belafonte tells a different story. He boasted to Phil Donahue last week that he was responsible for Ms. Rice's "scheduling conflict." "I protested by telling [Africare] that if Condoleezza Rice became the keynote speaker at the event . . . I would not be able to be there," said Mr. Belafonte. "I told them I would not come."
    Shut up, Harry.

    Did anyone see Saturday Night Live this week with Sen. John McCain hosting? Man, they got in some good digs. One of my faves was the sketch with (Tracy Morgan as) Harry Belafonte on MSNBC's Hardball w/Chris Matthews. "Pokemon is slave tradin', and Pikachu's the slave master!" Hee.
    Last edit by Stargazer on Oct 22, '02
  10. by   LasVegasRN
    All I can say is I don't understand why Harry Belafonte would want to polarize folks on this issue. No matter what is thought, Colin Powell is the highest ranking black man in politics today. Why alienate him? If anything, it would seem that trying to understand him and embrace him would be more beneficial during these trying times.
  11. by   Stargazer
    Exactly. I am a liberal, and I am so grateful I could cry that Colin Powell is where he is right now. I think he's doing a tremendous job under very difficult circumstances. "Uncle Tom", my ass. Shut UP, Harry.
  12. by   MollyMo
    Harry Belafonte was interviewed by Larry King. He acknowledged that he used the wrong words, but he made no apology for the meaning. From what I understand what he meant was that he took issue with what he perceives as Colin Powell just going along with the Bush administration;sending our soldiers off to war and seeming to make no effort to stop President Bush from doing it. Maybe he did try behind closed doors, who knows but them. But he would have to present a united front in public.
  13. by   kmchugh
    OK, I have to say this. I am sick to death of celebrities believing that somehow their status as celebrities confers on them special political knowledge. The list is quite long, and includes both liberals and conservatives (though of late the liberals seem to have been in the press more). And further, I am sick of politicians giving these celebrities special access and attention, all because they are celebrities. Just once, I'd like to hear someone say "Now, Barbara, you have a beautiful voice. That does not mean you have some special right to dictate to the party how we should behave. Go sing, and if you feel strongly democrat, then vote that way. Sponsor fund raisers for the party. Organize democratic voters. But keep your faxes to yourself."

    I swear, I don't even like to hear Barbara sing anymore, she so disgusts me.

    Kevin McHugh
  14. by   Stargazer

    Did YOU see Saturday Night Live last week? There was a hilarious sketch with guest host Sen. John McCain singing Streisand songs. Laughed my butt off!
    McCain Sings Streisand

    .....Sen. John McCain

    Announcer: He has served his country in the military.. the Congress.. and the Senate. Now, he serves America - with song:

    Sen. John McCain: [ singing ]
    "Love, soft as an easy chair
    Love, fresh as the morning airrr.."

    Announcer: Sen. John McCain sings some of the most beautiful songs ever written:

    Sen. John McCain: [ singing ]
    "People, people who need people
    Are the luckiest people in the world."

    Announcer: All these songs and more, available on: McCain Sings Streisand.

    [show slide of CD, complete with cover photo of McCain wearing a Superman t-shirt ]

    Sen. John McCain: I've been in politics for over 20 years. And for over 20 years, I've had Barbra Streisand trying to do my job. So I decided to try my hand at her job. Check out this classic:

    "Memories, light the corners of my mind
    Misty water-colored memories, of the way we were."

    Do I know how to sing? About as well as she knows how to govern America! Here's another gem for ya:

    "Papa, can you hear me?
    Papa, can you see-ee-ee me-ee?"

    Pretty annoying, huh? Now you know how I feel! My new CD is a must for all of Barbra Streisand's fans, as well as log-cabin Republicans. And a special added bonus, just for Babs - a portion of all sales will be used to damage Alaskan wildlife preserves. So, order today!

    "Nobody, but nobody's gonna rain on myyyyyy parade!"

    [ fade ]