Sean Penn suspicious of Wyclef Jean's presidential bid
Hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean's decision to run for president of Haiti is causing controversy. While he claims that he wants to help people and rebuild his native country, his motives are being questioned by some who are deeply involved in the quake relief efforts.
One vocal critic is Oscar-winning actor and outspoken Haitian advocate Sean Penn, who voiced his concerns over Jean's financial donors on CNN Thursday (Aug 5).
"The last thing in the world Haiti needs -- and I'm not accusing Wyclef Jean of being an opportunist, I don't know the man ... I worry that this is more a campaign about flying around the world talking to people, as he said. I would be quite sure it is of an influence of businesses here in the United States. One of the things Haiti needs is a leader who is genuinely willing to sacrifice."
Penn seems worried that corporate interests may be the driving force behind Wyclef's reasons for running for president of home country. Earlier this year, Yele Haiti, Wyclef's Haitian support agency was investigated for financial mishandling.
Penn -- who has been on the ground in Haiti for months -- mentions Jean's absence from Haiti as well his inappropriately large "entourage" when he did pop in for a visit.
It will be interesting to see what other celebrities (George Clooney, Bono, etc) who have been involved in getting aid to the quake-ravaged country will have to say about Wyclef's presidential run.
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