Saddest Beef Of The Week: Wyclef vs Sean Penn
It was only a matter of time before celebrities started debating the merits of their charity work in Haiti. Two noted humanitarians like Wyclef and Sean Penn should be above slinging mud, yet both have recently engaged in a war of words regarding the others’ efforts in the stricken country. In a nutshell, Wyclef has taken offense to Penn’s claims that his attempt at a presidential run was incompetent, accusing the aging actor of a drug habit and more.
According to EW.com:
At a concert in New York this past Friday, Jean had some harsh words for Sean Penn and sometime Fugees bandmate Pras, two of the most prominent celebs who have spoken out against his plans to run for president of that country.
“I got a message for Sean Penn,” Jean sang [in a remixed version of his song, “President.” “Maybe he ain’t see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.” Jean continued in the following line: “I got a message for Praswell/Even though you don’t want to support me, I got love for you/Even though you only kicked eight bars in the Fugees.”
Penn, who has had Vanity Fair profiles written on his work in Haiti and received ongoing media attention for his efforts, had a rep release a statement defending him today:
“Mr. Jean is clearly unfamiliar with the physical demands put upon volunteers in Haiti. As aid workers there, the notion of depleting the body’s immune system through the use of illicit drugs is ludicrous. More specifically, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (a.k.a. JPHRO) has a ZERO tolerance policy for any and all illegal drugs. As the leader of this organization, Sean Penn has not only set this policy, but adheres to it. That Mr. Jean would make such a false accusation is reckless and saddening, but not surprising.
Watch video of Wyclef on stage this past weekend calling out Penn:
Gentlemen, let’s turn the attention back to Haiti and focus on what you originally set out to do—rebuilding Port-au-Prince.