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Sean Penn - Objects to rap artist for Haiti's president

by James Denison / August 7, 2010 4:25 AM PDT

I'm not a Sean Penn fan, but have liked him better since he dumped Madonna. That's when he seemed to start growing up finally. So, will Haitians want a singer for their president?


http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100806/pl_yblog_upshot/in-u-s-skepticism-widens-over-wyclef-jeans-presidential-run

Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean officially launched his bid to run Haiti only a day ago, but he's already facing criticism from a fellow celebrity-activist ? and he's facing a onetime bandmate's embarrassing endorsement of Jean's chief rival, too.

Actor Sean Penn, whose charity has been running a Haitian survivor camp of 50,000 since the killer earthquake, said on CNN that he's "suspicious" of Jean's bid.

"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 nonpresence," he said.

Penn also brought up allegations that Jean mishandled $400,000 of the $9 million he raised for his charity, Yele Haiti, after the quake, and mentioned the "vulgar entourage of vehicles" in which Jean traveled in the country.

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Well Haitian politics has thrown up some pretty dodgy
by Ziks511 / August 7, 2010 5:22 AM PDT

characters, but Sean Penn isn't necessarily someone whose opinion I'd trust as flawless. M. Jean has long been a proud and outspoken person on Haitian politics and democracy, and so much of politics is a crap-shoot anyway.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyclef_Jean

Rob

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This may be his time to shine.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 7, 2010 6:08 AM PDT

I've heard the name but don't know that much about him and haven't followed his music.

But this is his home nation and perhaps he sees this as his calling. Time will tell.

Mark

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Penn is a moron and Wyclef a corrupt moron..................
by Tony Holmes / August 7, 2010 7:19 AM PDT
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Interesting
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 7, 2010 7:42 PM PDT

and since that article was posted before the Haitian earthquake it gives weight, as opposed to anyone attempting to derail his character after the disaster.

Sad. Haiti needs someone who can pull it out of the mire and a well known and respected figure may have helped. Perhaps not this figure.

Mark

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