Harry Belafonte, the 85-year-old singer known for the Banana Boat Song, said a Romney victory would mean the "end of civilization," according to an interview published by the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.
When asked if he would like to see Romney become the next president, Belafonte responded: "Only if I would like to see the end of civilization. No, absolutely not. Mitt Romney is not my cup of tea at all."
He also said that "[u]nbridled capitalism" is the greatest enemy the country faces.
"What we did during the Bush period, what we still continue to do, even with Barack Obama, is the continuency (sic) of not changing the paradigm, of not changing the view," he said. "We still have laws that encourage torture, we did not change Guantanamo, we have laws that allow the police to arrest you at any time, not having to tell you why, and take you wherever they want. This kind of capitalism is taking us to the doorstep of [a] Fourth Reich, I think."
Belafonte made his comments while at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, where he received a "Golden Leopard Honor Award."