Wyclef Responds to Penn's Criticism


As we recently reported, Sean Penn spoke quite candidly of his suspicions surrounding Wyclef Jean’s run for Haitian Presidency stating, ” I have to say I’m very suspicious of it, simply because he, as an ambassador at large, has been virtually silent.” Those sound like fighting words, as my mother would say. 

Well the Haitian-born music man was not going to take that lying down! Wyclef responded to Penn’s statements on The Gayle King Show:  

“The first thing I’d like to say to Sean Penn is that the area which he operates in Haiti is one area in particular,” he responds to the actor’s claims regarding the presidential candidate’s “non-presence” in Haiti for the past six months. 

 “He hasn’t seen me for six months—I’ve been going to Haiti for over five years…I am not absent in Haiti, maybe the tent city you’re in, maybe I’m absent in that. My country is not a city of tents, meaning I can’t use the excuse of people living in tents to say that I’m going to make Haiti a better place. I would like to tell Sean Penn I do not react on emotions when it comes to the Haitian people. I do not have to sacrifice my life and live inside of the tents to prove I am for the Haitian people.”

It’s normal for two politicians to debate throughout a presidential race, but an actor-musician debate? Now this is getting interesting. 

Photo: Pacific Coast News