Entertainer Harry Belafonte is not a fan of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and is making it known.
Belafonte shared his feelings on the “Joy Behar Show” Monday where he called Cain a “bad apple” and an incarnation that is “totally false to the needs of our community and needs of our nation.”
“It’s very hard to comment on somebody who is so denied intelligence, and certainly someone who is as denied a view of history such as he reveals, he knows very little,” Belafonte said in response.
According to Huffington Post, Belafonte’s criticism came after Behar asked for his take on Cain’s recent comments that racism in this country doesn’t hold “anybody back in a big way.”
Belavonte went on, “Because he happened to have had good fortune hit him, because he happened to have had a moment when he broke through the moment someone blinked, does not make him the authority on the plight of people of color.”
“If black people are not having the worst time, all you need to do is take a look at the prison system. We have the largest prison system in the world and the largest member are black and people of color,” he added. “Black people aren’t exactly having the best time.”
New York native, Belafonte, 84, is widely recognized for his music and is known as the “King of Calypso” for helping make Caribbean music. His most popular song, many believe, is “The Banana Boat Song.” He’s also starred in movies and found success on Broadway. He won a Tony award, Donaldon award and an Emmy award, among others, for his work in entertainment. Throughout his successful entertainment career, Belafonte has also been active in civil rights and humanitarian causes.