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Sean Penn 'Suspicious' of Wyclef Jean's Run for Haiti Presidency

Sean Penn 'Suspicious' of Wyclef Jean's Run for Haiti Presidency

Sean Penn has spoken out about Wyclef Jean‘s intention to run for President of 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,” Sean told CNN (via USA Today).

“I’m not accusing Wyclef Jean of being an opportunist; I don’t know the man,” Sean added. “One of the reasons I don’t know very much about Wyclef Jean is that I haven’t seen or heard anything of him in these last six months that I’ve been in Haiti.”

Wyclef responded on The Gayle King Show today, saying, “He hasn’t seen me for six months – I have been going to Haiti for more than five years. When the hurricane toppled Haiti, I was the first one there….if I did not create Yele Haiti to start stopping the violence, even him coming to Haiti would not have been possible today.”

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  • Adam

    SEAN PENN JUST DIE SCUM

  • connie y

    can’t help but completely agree with what Sean Penn is saying. I think Wyclef Jean obviously has pure intentions but is going about trying to help his home country the wrong way

  • Ruth

    Sean Penn has every right to be suspicious of Wyclef Jean’s decision to run for the position of the Haitian President.

    Wyclef Jean should explain all the financial irregularities with the charity he set up for Haiti plus the fact that he owes the IRS so much money. It is quite inappropriate that a man who is associated with such actions should run for election especially when Haiti desperately needs HONEST politicians to help rebuild their country.

  • Rhonda

    Haiti is a commie boy dream, all those poor people to RULE!

  • Andrew

    I think the same as Sean Penn, Wyclef Jean has been very quiet ad embassador, practicly nothin’ of what he done on media. Also, he was acussed by used money of their fundation for other stuffs…

  • Iffy Miffy

    Sean Penn is right on the ball with this one … Wyclef is just another opportunist looking to try and milk this poor country for his personal gain.

  • Not a good idea

    I hate, hate, hate Sean Penn. That said , I agree with him on this issue. What would Wyclef Jean bring to the Haitian presidency? From what I can tell not much except a shady charity and back taxes.

  • http://www.theinfamouslife.com miss infamous

    I dont think Wyclef is qualified to be President

  • gaeljet

    people(like sean and those here) seem to judge quickly a man not convicted yet…lol
    whatchyour mouth and wait for proofs before judging

  • missy

    a white boy and a black boy gonna fight over the gangsters paradise!

  • black

    ———Wyclef was the first one there………..ts, ts….this guy makes it sound as though he was the one and only to bring those people salvation.
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    And I doubt that he created anything there…on his own. DOn´t really like Sean Penn either, but, who the heck does Wycleff thinks he is? Going there like that, running for president, as if there arn´t better people out there for the job.
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    I just can´t stand it when actors/singers turn all super-duper political on everyone. If they were oh so very much interested in politics—why the hell did none of them go for politics instead of the entertainer industry?

  • sara

    This is why i love sean penn

  • Anne-Laure bernard

    “(…)if I did not create Yele Haiti to start stopping the violence, even him coming to Haiti would not have been possible today.”

    United Nations Peace Force – They are the ones doing really something there.

  • um

    He can barely speak Creole, can not speak French and his rapper’s English isn’t particularly sparkling. How is he to communicate with people? How is he gonna read those complex French government documents? How is he qualified? Why can’t he stick with his charity? Why do you need to be President for? Sean Penn is just speaking from an outsiders point of view. Through his percepective it’s like wtf? I think it’s mine also.

  • Anne-Laure bernard

    Marjorie @ 08/04/2010 at 4:43 pm

    This is CRAZY !!!! Are you for real !!!! CHEATER & now wants to be pretz — What is the F**** With him … Sorry I am haitian but I can not support you Wyclef – you barely speak Creole – you do not speak a word of french – u put your mistress to the charitable organization and paying her over 100k doll – Please God Save Us from EVIL!

  • Ben

    If he were an attorney specializing in international law, then maybe. You need someone who has strong positive political ties with many countries, epecially the Caribbean. This person needs to be able to look at the ruling class and say that he is opening up Haiti for entrprenuers. They no longer will be getting first dibs on contracts because there hasn’t been progress. It’s a post earthquake new Haiti.

  • black

    It is just nonsense. A lot of people are feeling for the folks in Haiiti, but that is still no reason to walk there like you own the place, or have any right to play politician.
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    Cause that is exactly what he would be doing, playing. getting attention. And why the hell does he even think that he, out of all people, has anything to offer that would get those people somewhere?
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    What is his background, his education, what trouble has he caused before, how consistant is he in his doings?
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    Really now, feeling for others is ok, if you have the money and want to donate it, it is ok too. Normal working people can do that, but ….just…what the hell……I really don´t understand some people.
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    If he really wants do “help” so badly, he should take ten years, twenty even, get active in other fields and see just how fun that is.
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    Running for president……….oh boy….

  • whatever

    Let’s see these giant egos duke it out in a cage match.

  • zoz

    Maybe he’s using Haiti to pay off his debt. When he did his fake crying addressing being accused of a corrupt organization, I didnt trust him from there. Anyway, he has no experience and doesn’t seem all that bright. God no, bad idea.

  • whatever

    @zoz: well, a while ago he was on Oprah crying about it and now he was just on Gayles show. If Oprah has his back he’s in. Oprah is bigger than Sean Penn.

  • Marieme

    Sean Penn is not a stupid man. Far from it! He walks the walk and is making a huuuge difference over in Haiti. I do not trust Wyclef as far as I could throw him. Many native Haitians feel the same. So screw his damn ego.

  • kara

    Wyclef Jean is a tool, he can’t even speak the official languages of Haiti… how would he govern that country?

  • Ana

    While I’m also not fully convinced of Wycleaf Jean running for president, I surely don’t trust either Penn’s comments. This is a man that supports Chavez. So I’m not exactly sure if he’s only interested in Haiti’s good will on this issue particularly.

  • jj22

    Penn is a loser!

  • Dominic

    Usually I don’t tend to like Sean Penn very much. But here he’s spot on. The sad thing is, I’m pretty sure Wyclef might actually win.

  • Halli

    Wyclef used money people donated to his charity to fund his mistress and their lifestyle. He’s an egomaniac, an oppurtunist and a hack. Can’t stand him, respect for Sean Penn.

  • kayla

    Really what does Wyclef know he’s a singer not a politician!
    I agree with Sean Penn.

  • ally

    Sean Penn 1, Wyclef 0

    Wyclef, you suck and you will probably suck more if you become President of Haiti.

  • chrissy

    Sean Penn loves communist like Hugo Chavez !

  • kiwe

    I think Sean Penn is completely Arrogant. If you don’t know a person, you shouldn’t pass such serious judgment. The point is everyone is trying to help and this whole Sean Penn vs. Wyclef Jean thing is stupid.

  • http://www.revcometics.com bar jolie gaga

    Sean Penn is right. Wyclef speaks terrible English, terrible Creole and speaks no French at all. He has no experience, no college degree, no platform of substance plus all those financial mismanagement allegations and the tax evasion. This is terrible. I agree with Sean 100%.

  • http://www.revcometics.com bar jolie gaga

    “If I did not create Yele Haiti to start stopping the violence, even him coming to Haiti would not have been possible today.”

    Is Wyclef serious?? Now he thinks he is responsible for the end of violence in Haiti? A violence that has not really ended anyway. What an egomaniac. The more he talks, the less I trust him. Terrible idea.

  • lily

    sean penn is a douche .what does he think that he is the only one that has been helping out in Haiti.What a self righteous prick.

  • J

    I’m going to also have too cold heartily agree with Sean Penn. There just too much suspicion around Wyclef and his intentions. For starters, Penn been out there helping Hatti longer and more than Wyclef. + Wyclef has absolutely no experience. What can he possibly do over there with no political experience? I hate too talk down on Wyclef, but he not legit.

  • xxx

    Wyclef is a tool… he said on TV “America has Barack Obama and now Haiti has Wyclef Jean!!”

    LOL WTF……… ARROGANCE AT ITS FINEST BABY!

  • Haitian Woman

    As a Haitian, I can tell u that Sean Penn has been in Haiti since the quake happened. When u c him in the US, that’s when he takes a few days off for himself, because he’s always there. Unlike Wyclef, HE;s not just a celeb looking for media attention, because he’s there himself, actually doing work. Since the quake, Wyclef has disappeared and only appears on tv to make his self seen.

    In Haiti we know Yele as an orphanage and now he’s claiming Yele restored security?!?! First of all, security is only an issue in a few neighborhoods of the capital. And No, that was the UN’s work. Who exactly at Yele would be doing this work? the orphans? Such a liar and arrogant, non educated man! Wyclef, the people of HAiti don’t want u as prez!

  • Haitian Woman

    I should add that Haitian law says 1) that to be prez you have to be Haitian (wyclef is a naturalized americain – he tried his best to dodge the question on CNN, but failed miserably). 2) you have to live in the country for the last 5 consecutive years which he hasn’t done. Even the current president mention that his candidacy should be reject’ed based on those facts. I don’t think the CEP (Election governing body) will accept any bribes because this is just too public

  • http://www.revcometics.com bar jolie gaga

    Haitian Woman: I love your posts and I am glad they are backed up by lots of facts. Unfortunately, they may receive bribes because that is how business is done in places like Haiti, Columbia, and other corrupt nations. Probably in the US too although the media would have a field day here. He thinks he is Barack Obama? What a joke! Barack was born of a poor single mother and managed to sacrifice to go to Harvard, get a Law degree, teach the COnstutution, work as a COmmunity Mobilizer and run for Senator. You may not like Barack but at least admit he is very educated and smart. Wyclef has no college degree, he barely speaks any of the 3 languages he is supposed ot speak. He also knows very well he did not live in Haiti for the 5 past consecutive years. He has lived in the states and he knows that.

    Also Sean Penn, whatever you think of him, has been basically living over there and helping when he could be making movies etc. Sean Penn is a very successful actor while Wyclef has not had a hit album on his own since the album with “Gone til November” – I think that was 10 years ago. Since then, he only has had hits with Shakira or Producing other people’s music. His money comes from royalties but in terms of Hip Hop relevance, his career is kind of in hte toilet so given the questions around his financial situation and his tax evasion, he may be doing this for money. There is a lot of money coming to Haiti in forms of foreign aid and he will be responsible for it.

    He is so cocky and comes off as knowing so little. What will he talk about with the Prime Minister of England, the President of the US, or the Presidents of any other country? What does he know about International political relations? This is a BIG joke on hte backs of the Haitian people and I feel sad for the people of Haiti.

  • http://www.revcometics.com bar jolie gaga

    “If I did not create Yele Haiti to start stopping the violence, even him coming to Haiti would not have been possible today.”

    A wannabe President of a 200 year old country should not be speaking in such blatantly bad English grammar especially given that this person has lived in the states since he was a child. He is a buffoon and a joke. Haiti, don’t fall for this guy. At least Sean Penn has the courage to speak the truth!

  • http://www.revcometics.com bar jolie gaga

    You should all go to Gayle’s website and post a comment. This guy is so arrogant and this is so sad for Haiti. I may post something myself.

  • lukebandit

    God Bless you Sean Penn! thank you for everything you have done to the Haitian people. to ease their pain and suffering by getting medical supplies, food and water as quickly as you could organize it.
    I agree with you about wyclef running for president of Haiti, he needs money and lots of it to pay off his IRS debts. he put his mistress on the payroll of the charity fund for 100K. so if he gets elected in Haiti he will put her on for much much more. he is using i he office of the presidency of Haitt to get rich quick!

    God bless you Sean Penn.

  • zzz

    JUST KEEP IT BLACK WILL YOU! NO PIGS ALLOWED!

  • Go Ask Alice

    @chrissy:
    And the USA supportsd Communist China WHICH dicatates and OWNS a large piece of the USA.
    We love China!!! Human rights violations,child labor,child sex slaves, Communist nation, yep we love china.

    I have never uynderstood Repubs one-side arguement there ,like many of theirs,and the Demos too ,j ust doesn’t make sense.

    Hugo Chavez-Pres. of Venezula.
    Leader in own mind,country and So.America. No threat to the USA.
    A Chavez- a loudmouth…says oh-uh, meanie things about the USA.
    So WHAT!!!!!!!
    Ohhhhh, Venezula has all that oil and won’t give any The United States of America.Chavez won’t let the USA rule him.
    Yep,we here do not like Chavez.

  • Go Ask Alice

    @bar jolie gaga:

    I get that Wyclef isHaitian American.
    I et that, but I agree with this post.

  • heylookhere

    one guy is from haiti, he has YEARS of working with and for the community under his belt

    the other guy is from the U.S., and he likes to get the praise of being a helping hand, and it is basically self promotion BS, how hated would sean penn not be without his so called charity work, same goes for faker angelina jolie, they just do sh*t for publicity and BS to save their own as*es – how about really caring for people – ON YOUR OWN DOORSTEP, go to bad areas in LA and make them better for and with the people, like wyclef is doing for his country, and YES he should be president!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • saying

    @heylookhere:

    Is that your last resort argument? saying that sean penn is doing publicity? Well correct me if I’m wrong, but Sean is the one who’s been there day in and day out, and only takes a few days off here n there to be in the US and Wyclef is the one that has NOT been there: all he does is go on tv and showcase his arrogance, and pretend like he cares but has done no actual work. I live there, i’ve seen it. HE goes around with a fleet of cars because he’s “that” important and doesn’t realize or doesn’t care how insensitive it is to display so much wealth around dying people.

    Wouldn’t it be that the guy who always walks around w a camera crew is the one that it self promoting himself? In that case, it is Wyclef!

  • saying

    @heylookhere:

    Is that your last resort argument? saying that sean penn is doing publicity? Well correct me if I’m wrong, but Sean is the one who’s been there day in and day out, and only takes a few days off here n there to be in the US and Wyclef is the one that has NOT been there: all he does is go on tv and showcase his arrogance, and pretend like he cares but has done no actual work. I live there, i’ve seen it. HE goes around with a fleet of cars because he’s “that” important and doesn’t realize or doesn’t care how insensitive it is to display so much wealth around dying people.

    Wouldn’t it be that the guy who always walks around w a camera crew and is giving magazine interviews left and right is the one that it self promoting himself? In that case, it is Wyclef!

  • Haitian Woman

    @bar jolie gaga:

    I completely agree that it’s arrogant of him and downright disrespectful of Obama that Wyclef dare compare himself to a Harvard and Columbia educated man who held other government posts before working is way to president. Did wyclef even finish high school?!?!

  • jen

    @Go Ask Alice:

    disdain for Chavez is not only related to oil, he is a complete idiot and have you seen what he is doing in his country? well he is slowly turning it into the next Cuba. Closed down one of the most famous and popular channels and left a massive amount of actors with no job and news hosts because they were speaking bad about his government. Has slowly taken over the banks and taken peoples savings away. People can barely travel because of all the laws his implemented. Only gives jobs to people who support his government. It goes on.

  • kev

    Sean Penn, like his idol marlon brandon,worrying about others instead of his own family,his wife left him his kids like brando’s kids will all kill themselves,penn leave these people be,they don’t need a a jew telling them how to live,go have a smoke,a drink snort your drugs and bang your hollywood tramps leave this country alone,they will learn to take care of themselves,now git

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