Actor Sean Penn Goes In On Wyclef Jean. Saying His Run For President Of Haiti Is "Suspect". "I Haven't Seen Or Heard Of Wyclef In These Last 6 Mos I've Been In Haiti" [Video]


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Rapper and former Fugees singer Wyclef Jean made the first televised announcement of his bid for Haitian president last night on CNN. After several satellite interview segments between Wyclef and Wolf Blitzer, philanthropist Sean Penn shared harsh words for the Haitian rapper, questioning his motives and value as a leader.

"This is somebody who's going to receive an enormous amount of support from the United States, and I have to say I'm very suspicious of it, simply because he, as an ambassador at large, has been virtually silent. For those of us in Haiti, he has been a non-presence," Penn said.

Jean, 37, was born in Haiti but left soon after and was raised in Brooklyn and New Jersey. He established the Yelé Haiti foundation in 2005, providing aid and opportunities to the country's citizens.

Penn, who has been active in Haiti since the earthquake, highlighted allegations that Wyclef mishandled $400,000 donated for the country through his Yele Haiti foundation. "He claims he didn't do it. That has to be looked into it," Penn said. "I've been there. I know what $400,000 could do for these people's lives."

Wyclef's political motives were a particular concern for Penn. "I see in Wyclef Jean somebody who could well have been influenced by the promise of support of companies. I think Haiti is clearly vulnerable ... There is a history of American interests coming in and underpaying people. This is a culture or one to two dollars a day, that they were making."

Penn openly worried about American corporations and individuals "enamored" with Wyclef becoming "opportunists on the back of the Haitian people."

"I haven't seen or heard anything of [Wyclef Jean] in these last six months that I've been in Haiti. I think he's an important voice. I hope he doesn't sacrifice that voice by taking the eye off the very devastating realities on the ground," Penn said. "I want to see someone who's really, really willing to sacrifice for their country, and not just someone who I personally saw with vulgar entourage of vehicles that demonstrated a wealth in Haiti that, in context, I felt was a very obscene demonstration."

In 2008, Wyclef recorded a song called 'If I Was President'. Notable lyrics include: "If I was president / I'd get elected on Friday / Assasinated on Saturday / And buried on Sunday" and "Instead of spending billions on the war / We can use some of that money, in the ghetto / I know some so poor, when it rains that when they shower / Screaming 'fight the power.'



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Comment by BuckDat on August 8, 2010 at 11:22am
1THUG - "penn was in boats after katrina SCOOPIN NEGGAZ UP!! so dont hate on that negga...plus he beat tha livin shet outta madonna...so you know he a good negga!"

Funniest comment so far this month. Second only to your "Keanu Reeds 2 daughters" comment.
Comment by NetGuruINC on August 7, 2010 at 5:54pm
so he think he is qualified because he's moved dead bodies? Is that his statement? No comment
Comment by key on August 7, 2010 at 4:18pm
How the heck do you go to haiti in time of disaster( which is good thing to do) and criticize someone that has been there and doing good for a country since childhood. You dont have a right to an opinion because you are not voting, you are not haitian, and you dont have to live in the environment. You will be back in your hollywood comfort as soon as you are tired of working or the next good movie script comes about....dont care how you supposedly care for people...
1hb6kfe6oickb Comment by 1hb6kfe6oickb on August 7, 2010 at 10:45am
Wyclef was on the Gayle King show yesterday stating that he has sweat in his blood from working so hard for Haiti. LOL This man sounds ridiculous. When he was asked what qualified him, he could not give one qualification. He went off on some irrelevant tangent instead. He said that his decision to run was made after he picked up dead bodies and realized that billions of dollars would be coming into Haiti. This man needs to stop talking if he wants a chance at people at people thinking that he is presidential material. The more he talks, the more ridiculous and less intelligent he sounds. Link to clip - http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b194164_wyclef_jean_answers_sean_penn_there.html
Comment by Anco on August 7, 2010 at 8:18am
What does Tony Yayo and DJ Whoo Kid think about Clef running?

Do they even give a f*** ????????
Comment by Anco on August 7, 2010 at 8:18am
Sean Penn is known for not giving a f*** about speaking his opinion. He was one of the first advocates against the second Iraq war when Bush/Cheney/Powell were threatening Saddam Hussein, Penn even had a meeting with the former dictator. Penn really cares about people. I like Wyclef alot but can he run a country. And a country like Haiti? Haiti needs a real leader. Not saying Wyclef can't do the job. But can he do it well?
Comment by BK SOULJAH on August 7, 2010 at 8:08am
@smalls ......we all know what was done by bush and cheany.....yet obama wanted the job.....country is broke nobody wan't to keep hearing about bush bush bush......americans can only deal with now ,not right but thats just how it is......obama knows it wasn't gonna take 4 years to fix it....he wanted the job,take the s*** that comes with it
Comment by Natty - X on August 7, 2010 at 5:23am
id rather see sean penn as president of haiti
Comment by Dubb on August 7, 2010 at 2:28am
Damn I feel the same way. Wyclef been on b******* frm the start of the Earthquake. He cant run a f****** country, he cant even pay his taxes on time.
1hb6kfe6oickb Comment by 1hb6kfe6oickb on August 7, 2010 at 1:58am
The sad part is that the people of Haiti may actually elect him. Wyclef kept saying that he is running for president because he is the voice of the youth. He can still be the voice of the youth while allowing a more qualified person to run the country. Haiti basically needs a complete overhaul. There is a lot of strategic planning that needs to be done. Wyclef Jean would not know where to begin. During his interviews so far, he sounds like a complete joke. He looked and sounded like an idiot yesterday on CNN. He could not even define his political ideology. He reminds me of a carpetbagger. I do not think that world leaders would give him any respect. Haiti needs the support of the international community. In the long term, he would be a detriment to the country. Who would want to support a country that is run by an unqualified musician with absolutely no political or executive experience? The poorest country in the western hemisphere needs a leader with various specialized skills. If Wyclef was serious about becoming president of Haiti, he should have been spending the past 10+ years preparing to do such. There are Haitians both here and in Haiti who are much more qualified than Wyclef. Unfortunately they may not be as popular as he is. Haiti has been mismanaged for so long, a victim of poor decision making on the part of its leaders. The election of Wyclef Jean would just be another travesty. The fact that Wyclef is even considering the presidency tells me that he does not care about what is in the best interest of Haiti. He knows that he isn't qualified. He appears to be an opportunist. Haitians and Haitian-Americans who know better must intervene and prevent him from becoming president. Who cares that he is a celebrity? I would rather have an unknown with proven leadership skills in charge of my country. May God give Haitians the wisdom to know better than to elect Wyclef Jean to rule their country.

And big up to Sean Penn for speaking up for the people of Haiti. I can def see Wyclef as a front man for American corporate interests. People are waiting in the wings to rape Haiti again as it rebuilds. They just need a leader that will allow and help them to do it.



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