Skip to comments.Belafonte: Bush kept him from King rites
Posted on 03/01/2006 7:51:24 AM PST by bwteim
Belafonte: Bush kept him from King rites
Legendary entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte on Tuesday explained his absence from Coretta Scott King's funeral.
Belafonte told reporters before a speech at Case Western Reserve University that President Bush influenced the King family to disinvite him from the funeral in suburban Atlanta on Feb. 7.
Belafonte, known to be a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., said he was told about the decision the day before the funeral, at which he had been scheduled to speak.
The King children made the final decision, Belafonte said, but they were "fiercely intimidated by the president's representatives."
Belafonte has been a vocal critic of the Bush administration.
(Excerpt) Read more at cleveland.com ...
I hear violins playing in the background.
I don't believe this for one minute. There were plenty of Bush bashers there. Why would this nut have been excluded?
The man is a psychopath.
Yeah, can't have anybody there who would be critical of Bush. /sarc
Too bad Bush couldn't keep that sniveling Jimmy Carter away, to say nothing of Bubba and Her Heinous.
Fact or fiction?
No kidding. IT would have been an added attraction to have Harry verbally assaulting the Pres from the podium. Sorry he was "disinvited".
Perhaps he is in the early stages of senile dementia and the king family knows this.
In other words, even the King family has no use for this anti-American troll.
Full of ....
My druthers would have been Belafonte over McGavin, Knotts, or Weaver.
Why do I doubt the truthfulness of his statement?.........No one, Except maybe Hillary, would do such a vile thing..........
I hope it is true. Belafonte has called Bush a terrorist multiple times, and he called Powell and Rice house slaves. I hope Bush's people did everything they could to keep him out.
This Bush guy must be some all-powerful kind of deity. He's caused hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and now a washed up Calypso singer missed a funeral. Tsk, tsk!
This guy has a god complex. In the full article they mention that if Belafonte made his speech in Cleveland, his words would have fixed poverty in the city, what a guy!
Look forward to Harry's funeral, a double with Carter would be nice.
It is going to become a he said she said contest according to another article:
"I called Belafonte to find out for myself if it was true, and he said it was,'' the Rev. C.T. Vivian, a veteran civil rights activist, told me Friday after calling to see if I could find out why Belafonte was not at the funeral. "I asked were you disinvited, and he [Belafonte] said, yes.
"The reason is that the president was not coming if Belafonte was going to be there. ...''
That's just not true, according to a public relations spokesman who worked with the King family on services for Mrs. King."
Belafonte slapped the King family in the face by not showing up at the funeral, now he wants to blame President Bush.
How would Belafonte really know? Seems to me the people who really know would be the family.
When you disinvite a difficult person from spreaking at a funeral, what do you say to them?
Conclusion? The King family is a puppet for the Bush administration.
Maybe Robert Kennedy did it from the grave.........
day - o.
"King watchers opine that Belafonte was "disinvited" from the ceremony for fear that he would antagonize President Bush. The family knew Bush wouldn't sit on the same stage with Harry (the lion that roars) Belafonte after he pilloried the Bush presidency."
When Satan calls this hateful man home, the world will be a better place.
Because he's a dangerous nut case who consorts with our enemies. It wouldn't surprise me at all if the Secret Service nixed his attendance.
Hey, you freepers who went and bought baby rattles and pacifiers at the dollar store. Time to send one to Scary Harry. :)
"When you disinvite a difficult person from spreaking at a funeral, what do you say to them?"
Perhaps nicely, "Harry, STFU and sit in the back?"
Daylight come and they wan' you to stay home
Hey Harry, please call one eight hundred WHINNNNNNNNNNNNE, here's a quarter, call someone who gives a bleep.
Right on target, IMO
In so saying, you malign honest, hardworking psychopaths everywhere, by association.
Fact or fiction?
Fact, if you believe everything you read.
Fiction would be if King County Seattle would vote to change its name to Belafonte County...
"King County (Seattle, Wash.) to change logo to honor MLK"
Heh heh! Good for Bush!
Belafonte's absence is curious because he is Chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Fund and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (Spreading Goodwill around the world... /s off)
Dry his venom out and you can fertilize a golf course.
He's hasn't sold any records since 1959.
I remember 1 song... that's it. I know that to be legendary you have to be at least a 2 hit wonder or have been #1 for a year... I'm just trying to figure out where the "legendary" entertainer did his legendary stuff... or even his entertainer stuff... Vegas, Broadway, minstrel show...where?
Harry oughta stick to bananas.
and a Professional Victim joining the ranks of Jessie and the rest of the bunch.
"Everyone else is making us behave this way!"
Is ol Harry a muslim, yet? Because he sure has the aptitude and the mindset to be one.
"Fact or fiction? "
Let me rephrase my answer:
IMHO it is total BS, a fabrication by Harry and other moonbats that has become fact in eyes/ears of loony left.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.