Sean Penn isn’t quite done with the once aspiring Haitian presidential nominee Wyclef Jean.
In a new article for the Huffington Post, the Oscar-winning actor defends his position against Wyclef’s unsuccessful bid for the Haitian presidency. He also takes issue with the debate being deemed a “celebrity feud.”
It’s clear that Mr. Jean can have an important place in drawing attention to Haiti’s needs. However, when New York press agents circle wagons of ignorance and sell as deep insight the advertisement of that which charms them about a client, the lives and needs of the Haitian people are sidelined. The very notion of a celebrity feud is one driven by a culture un-Haitian.
Sean also blasts Wyclef for being absent from Haiti during the first six months following the January earthquake, and for returning at the half-year mark as a publicity stunt.
I was there for those 6 months after the earthquake and so many of us on the ground wondered where (Jean) was when that kind of attention was so necessary and absent, and why he was NOT helping to keep this desperate situation in the news. None among us felt or expressed anger toward it, but rather a universal sadness for his silence, as he is America’s most admired cultural link to Haiti. As the six-month Anniversary approached, it triggered the return of the world media, and of Wyclef Jean to Haiti. He’d referred to himself as “His Excellency Wyclef Jean” and “The most famous man in Haiti” on a self-generated flier in the lead up to his troubling announcement.