Entertainment figure Byron Allen is among a group of black media owners that filed a $20 billion discrimination lawsuit against Comcast and Time Warner Cable — which called the employment of MSNBC's Al Sharpton “a sham, undertaken to whitewash Comcast’s discriminatory business practices" — and Allen just went off against Sharpton, corporate America and even President Barack Obama.
Appearing on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday morning, Allen was angry particularly over his belief that a number of corporations ignore other black figures but do business with Sharpton because he's the “least expensive negro.”
Host Brian Stelter pushed back on the claim, but Allen only doubled down, saying the corporate mentality is “don’t do business with real African American-owned companies, just give him $50,000 and a bucket of chicken and we’re good."
Allen also criticized President Obama, saying he's been "bought and paid for" by corporate America. "He has taken donations from Comcast. Comcast is his biggest contributor. AT&T is one of his biggest contributors. Listen, Obama, your own FTC is investigating AT&T for throttling. How can you even consider them to buy DirecTV when you’re suing them? Is it because you took donations? Yes, Obama. Don’t even think about letting them merge until they settle this lawsuit and that lawsuit."
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