Wyclef Jean Responds to Sean Penn's Criticism of His Presidential Run

Wyclef Jean Responds to Sean Penn's Criticism of His Presidential Run

Jean, who has filed for Haiti presidential contender, responds to Penn's suspicion of his motive, saying 'I would like to tell Sean Penn I do not act on emotions when it comes to the Haitian people.'

Wyclef Jean previously revealed that he is aware about criticism he would get for his presidential run, but he never mentioned that he would stand silent on the jab aimed at him. In fact, the Haitian-born hip-hop artist has responded to fellow star Sean Penn who recently voiced his concerns about Jean's qualifications.

"I would like to tell Sean Penn I do not act on emotions when it comes to the Haitian people," Jean said on "Gayle King Show" on Friday, August 6. "Sean Penn must understand that besides what he sees in Haiti, there are 4 million diasporas living outside of Haiti that is actually the commerce... that's bringing $2 billion per year [for the country]. And guess what, I am part of that community also."

"What I want Sean Penn to know is, if I was not in Haiti after [former president] Jean-Bertrand Aristide left, if I did not create [my charity] Yele Haiti to start stopping the violence, even him coming to Haiti would not have been possible today," Jean went on. The former the The Fugees star added, "The psychology of the Haitian people is something that I understand ever since birth."

Penn himself showed that he is skeptical about Jean's presidential run during his appearance on "Larry King Live" on August 5. Penn, who has been running a 55,000-person tent camp through his J/P Haitian Relief Organization, said, "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."

"I'm not accusing Wyclef Jean of being an opportunist; I don't know the man," Penn added. "One of the reasons I don't know very much about Wyclef Jean is that I haven't seen or heard anything of him in these last six months that I've been in Haiti."

Another person who is also skeptical about Jean's presidential run is the star's former The Fugees bandmate, Pras. Pras told Us Magazine, "If he really wanted to help Haiti, he should have chosen his influence and champion and go around these countries that have pledged money to Haiti who have not given a single dime yet."

"You don't even see 3 percent of what's been pledged. You need to say, 'Listen, we need money!' " Pras continued. "He's probably got some corporate people behind him that really want to come in there and exploit the country and basically control it. So my thing is that right there disqualifies him to be the leader of the country."

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    Leogane Magazine
    Aug 10, 2010

    According to the Haitian law, the term “to have resided” would seem to have meant “To have lived in a specific place for a specific time.” However, “o have resided would seem not to mean” never have left such a place during such a specific period to visit other countries. Nonetheless, it would have attempted to have stipulated that “one must have had for country of residence the country for which he would intend to come run for offices. The Haitian constitution of 1987 regulates that any candidate for any elective position in Haiti must have resided in Haiti for five consecutive years. The word in this article is “have resided.” Haitians of the Diaspora, whether naturalized citizens or holders of foreign legal permanent cards, even if they repeatedly travel to Haiti or other countries, have for country of residence the country from which they are legal residents. The same rule applies for American-born and US military personnel, who are deployed in other countries as diplomats or for official duties. The IRS Form I-94 that it is filled out and handed to the immigration when going through custom is the most tangible proof that can be used to trace certain Haitian’s countries of residence. Haitian who has never acquired a foreign residence can travel every day and still would be considered as “have resided in Haiti for five consecutive years” because his domicile or his residence has always been the same since the day he was born. Residents of Haiti pay taxes, vote at every election, and possess a Fiscal Identify Card (NIF). The electoral law is clear and everybody is bound to not ignore it. Haitian jurists have great works to do to voice their opinions and fight hard for what they believe. If the confusion is not dissipated when waving the article “must have resided in Haiti for a period of five consecutive years,” let’

    Aug 09, 2010

    I totally agree with you nico, some ppl r just dead inside when it comes to race other than white. It's sad we still live in a world with ppl like tht.

    Aug 08, 2010

    who gives a crap- where is this place anyway....meh!

    Aug 08, 2010

    The first comment made shows how narrowminded and compassionless some so called illiterate human beings we live amongst.Not in the us, and whole cargo of blacks so some really cant be bothered.

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