The PR blitz is on. It’s a Haiti Lover’s quarrel between two American celebrities; both accusing the other of having ill intentions for the impoverished, and now naturally disaster stricken, Haiti. Sean Penn doesn’t think the Fugee’s Wyclef Jean is doing anything “because no one has seen or heard anything of him in six months”; Wyclef thinks Sean is not helping the nation by focusing on the “one little area” that he has been visiting. Do we really have to do McCain and Obama all over again— the young and the old, the black and the white, the dreamer and the iron fist? Oy vey, here we go.
Gawker: Wyclef Jean announced on Larry King Live last night that, yes, he was seriously running for president of Haiti. Sean Penn, who has a special red phone that rings whenever anyone in the world talks about Haiti, then appeared on the program and pointed out that Wyclef’s charity, Yele Haiti, has been dogged by accusations of sketchy accounting. And the ultimate burn from Sean, who has been down in Haiti for the better part of six months:
The only thing that could make this a more pathetic display of celebrities using their celebrity to get political would have been if Kanye would have jumped on stage during Larry King, and pulled a Taylor Swift.
“Sean, Ima letchu finish, but I just want to put it out there that Wyclef is the best presidential candidate for Haiti in 2010. Period.”