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Sean Penn is suspicious of Wyclef Jean announcing that he wants to be presidnet of Haiti because he has heard rumors of corporate interests… and that fact that he hasn’t seen Wyclef in Haiti in the past 6 months…those are fighting words!
Some of Sean’s Thoughts,
â€œI had thought I would reserve judgment but after paying attention to the things that were said…,â€ Penn began. â€œI’m not accusing Wyclef Jean of being an opportunist, I don’t know the man.â€
However (and despite emphasizing that Jean is an important voice) the actor still launched into a steady critique of Jeanâ€™s comments, influence, and the forces leading behind his campaign.
â€œI worry that this is a campaign that is more about a vision of flying around the world talking to people…I would be quite sure this was an influence of corporations,â€ Penn charged. He doubts Jean is someone who would be â€œgenuinely willing to sacrificeâ€ to do what is necessary to improve the dire conditions in Haiti.
Jean spearheaded major fundraising efforts through his YÃ©le Haiti Foundation after a 7.0 earthquake did major damage to the country this past January. He said that with his connections, he can bring international awareness and assistance toward the needs of the republic. â€œAfter January 12, I would say over 50 percent of the population is a youth population,â€ Jean said. â€œAnd we suffered for over 200 years. Now that our country has a problem, it’s a chance to rebuild from the bottom on up.
â€œAnd I don’t even say I’m trying to be president. I’m being drafted by the youth of Haiti. Right now is a chance for to us bring real education into the school, infrastructure, security and proper jobs. So, this is some of the reasons that I’m running,â€ he said.
Penn took a dig at Jeanâ€™s efforts, saying that while he was in Haiti for the past six months he â€œhasn’t seen or heardâ€ from Jean.