Sean Penn ‘Suspicious’ of Wyclef Jean’s Haiti Presidential Bid (VIDEO)
Sean, who has been living in Haiti for the past six months after a deadly earthquake rocked the politically-fragile nation, said that he was “suspicious” of the 37-year-old former Fugees member’s presidential bid. Sean told Wolf Blitzer on CNN that Wyclef had been largely absent from the relief effort in Haiti:
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.
The Oscar-winning Penn has become well-known in Hollywood for his political activism and philanthropy. After the 2010 Haitis earthquake, Sean co-founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization and is currently running a 55,000 person tent camp for people who have been displaced by the earthquake.
Meanwhile, Jean — who has a song titled “If I Was President” — started the Yele Haiti foundation in 2005, which has been highly criticized as being “generally shady.” Wyclef allegedly paid his mistress more than $100,000 through his charity and reportedly demanded $100,000 from a fundraiser in his hometown in Haiti. Wyclef has brushed off the allegations but formally resigned from the charity on Thursday, just hours before he officially announced his bid for president.
These were all points that Sean focused on when he criticized Wyclef’s political bid. Sean mentioned that this charity allegations “has to be looked into” and says that he is worried that Wyclef is being sponsored by American corporations who are “opportunists on the back of the Haitian people.”
However, Sean did mention that he hopes that Wyclef does speak up more for Haiti and get involved with the relief efforts…just as long as he doesn’t run for president:
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. 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.
What do you think of Wyclef’s presidential bid? Let us know what you think in the comments, and watch Wyclef’s Hope for Haiti Now performance below:
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