Harry Belafonte: Good for Nothing

Imagine building a career on a song as stupid as Harry Belafonte's 1956 song, "Day-O  (The Banana Boat Song)."   

Belafonte, imagining himself sympathetic to ignorant laborers, sang the simpleminded "Day-O."  It was a pro-communist, sentimental song that celebrated the difficulties of the rum-drinking working man: "Day-o, day-ay-ay-o / Daylight come and me wan' go home."

I don't know what Harry Belafonte knows about the working man.  He has been a pretentious, pampered star most of his life.  It's typical of the rich to take on the poor's troubles as if they are their own.  That way they can feel sorry for themselves without actually being in a sorrowful situation.

This week, Belafonte was on television with his race-obsessed, pigmentation-baiting friend Al Sharpton.  He actually took anti-free speech to a new level by suggesting that we put people in jail for conservative talk.  He said, "The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third-world dictator and put all these guys in jail!"

Seems reminiscent of his buddy Hugo Chávez.  Chávez jails dissenters.  Why shouldn't Obama or Belafonte or Sharpton? 

Belafonte started his career with the nursery-rhyme communist song "Day-O."  It's fitting that he close it with a stupid political suggestion that we jail people for free speech and ideas. 

Stupid is as stupid does.  And Belafonte does stupid.

Belafonte does nothing significant for mankind, yet he thinks he is a good man.  He is a good-for-nothing.

Imagine building a career on a song as stupid as Harry Belafonte's 1956 song, "Day-O  (The Banana Boat Song)."   

Belafonte, imagining himself sympathetic to ignorant laborers, sang the simpleminded "Day-O."  It was a pro-communist, sentimental song that celebrated the difficulties of the rum-drinking working man: "Day-o, day-ay-ay-o / Daylight come and me wan' go home."

I don't know what Harry Belafonte knows about the working man.  He has been a pretentious, pampered star most of his life.  It's typical of the rich to take on the poor's troubles as if they are their own.  That way they can feel sorry for themselves without actually being in a sorrowful situation.

This week, Belafonte was on television with his race-obsessed, pigmentation-baiting friend Al Sharpton.  He actually took anti-free speech to a new level by suggesting that we put people in jail for conservative talk.  He said, "The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third-world dictator and put all these guys in jail!"

Seems reminiscent of his buddy Hugo Chávez.  Chávez jails dissenters.  Why shouldn't Obama or Belafonte or Sharpton? 

Belafonte started his career with the nursery-rhyme communist song "Day-O."  It's fitting that he close it with a stupid political suggestion that we jail people for free speech and ideas. 

Stupid is as stupid does.  And Belafonte does stupid.

Belafonte does nothing significant for mankind, yet he thinks he is a good man.  He is a good-for-nothing.

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