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August 25, 2010

Sean Penn and Wyclef Jean: The Saga Continues

Posted: 03:50 PM ET

What began weeks ago on Larry King Live, continues online and in the headlines.  In this article Sean Penn wrote for the The Huffington Post, he reacts to Jean's reaction to his comments on LKL, and Jean's announcement he will contest the decision to keep his name off the ballot in Haiti's presidential election.

By Sean Penn
via HuffingtonPost.com

As Wyclef Jean announces his regrettable turn-about to contest Haiti's electoral rule of law (a law he has no previous record of dissension toward), his PR team is mobilizing. See Ms. Marian Salzman's recent blog on the Huffington Post (August 23, 2010). In it, Ms. Salzman, hired to frame perception of Mr. Jean, claims that I "lambasted" Mr. Jean's candidacy on CNN. Furthermore, she reduced the political dialogue that took place that day by calling the discussion a "celebrity feud". In fact, a sensationalized celebrity feud, is and was, as far from my mind as the alleged "lambasting." Though he and his camp came back with many disparaging comments in my direction, I felt that ignoring my initial impulse to react and respond allowed the attention to refocus on the real issues facing Haitians.

One can YouTube the segment of the August 8 Larry King Live in question. In the clip, Wolf Blitzer interviews Wyclef Jean upon his announcing his candidacy. The viewer will also see a response from someone (myself) who runs an NGO in Haiti, someone who has spent most of the last six months following the devastating earthquake, side by side in that country, with so many others, doing whatever we could to lend a hand. I have never met Wyclef Jean, and all I really know of him on any personal level has come through the fond comments of a few mutual friends. Hence, nothing I might say, was in ANY way personal, or intended to be lambasting to anyone. My comments were critical observations of a political candidate and a leader of an organization in Haiti.

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Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Larry King Live • Sean Penn


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MAX   August 25th, 2010 3:55 pm ET

WHAT YOU FAIL TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THERE IS A LACK OF CONFORMITY IN THE (CEP)DECISION.THERE ARE OTHERS THEY LET THROUGH (ACCEPTED CANDIDATES) WHO DID NOT MEET THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS. THATS WHY THEY CAN'T ACTUALLY COME OUT AND "SAY" RESIDENCY IS THE REASON FOR KEEPING WYCLEF OFF. THEY WOULD THEN HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHY OTHER NON-RESIDENTS ARE ON THE BALLOT. IN ADDITION, SOME PEOPLE GOT ON THE BALLOT EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE NEVER FORMALLY "RELEASED" BY THE SENATE FROM THEIR PREVIOUS GOVT. POSTS AS REQUIRED BY THE CONSTITUTION. SO IT BECOMES EVIDENT THAT THE CONSTITUTION IS NOT ACTUALLY THE REASON AT PLAY HERE, BUT RATHER A MANEUVER BY PREVAL AND THE ELITES TO ENSURE THAT A "SELECTION" RATHER THAN AN "ELECTION" IS HELD.IF YOU NOTICE THIS IS WHY THE CEP WILL NEVER ACTUALLY "SAY" THE "EXACT" REASON ANYONE WAS ELIMINATED. THEY WANT EVERYONE IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO JUST ASSUME ITS BECAUSE OF CONSTITUTIONAL REASONS, BUT WHEN ONE EXAMINES FURTHER ONE REALIZES THIS IS FURTHEST FROM THE TRUTH. BRINGING UP THE "WORD" CONSTITUTION REPEATEDLY TRAQUILIZES THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND GIVES THE DECISION AN AIR OF LEGITIMACY BECAUSE THE VAST NUMBER OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF HAITI DO NOT KNOW ABOUT THESE OTHER FACTORS AT PLAY. THE HAITIAN PEOPLE HOWEVER DO KNOW AS THESE DETAILS ARE DISCUSSED EVERY DAY ON THE RADIO WAVES, BUT ARE FOLLOWING WYCLEF'S REQUEST FOR PEACE THOUGH THEY HAVE INDEED BEEN DISENFRANCHISED.

HAITIAN RADIO HAS REPORTED OF SECRET NIGHT TIME MEETINGS IN WHICH MEMBERS OF THE CEP (ELECTORAL COUNCIL) DROVE TO THE NATIONAL PALACE AND WERE THEN DRIVEN FROM THERE TO THE PRIVATE RESIDENCE OF RENE PREVAL DURING THE WEEK LEADING UP TO THE DECISION OF THE COUNCIL. AFTER HAVING BEEN CAUGHT, THEIR SPOKESPERSON HAD TO ADMIT ON RADIO THAT INDEED SUCH MEETINGS WERE HELD BUT NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF INFLUENCING THE DECISION.

ALSO REPORTED IS THAT ONLY 6 (OF 9) MEMBERS OF THE CEP (ELECTORAL COUNCIL) SIGNED THE PAPER THAT KNOCKED WYCLEF AND OTHERS OUT OF THE RACE RENDERING THE DECISION LEGALLY INVALID.


Joe G. (Illinois)   August 25th, 2010 4:13 pm ET

The name of the game is “Equality” not anymore “Right or wrong.”

On that basis Wyclef Jean as superiority and more right of way.

Sean Penn seems like he just woke up from the 60’s (The era Peace, Love and Self-righteousness.)


Gerald Jolly   August 25th, 2010 8:41 pm ET

Sean Penn, the only person that has it right about Haiti, and Wyclef Jean


Ted   August 26th, 2010 9:55 am ET

Sean Penn, my hat off to you, you do not fly in, smile for the press and fly out, as most Hollywood stars do.
You stay to make sure the help arrives to the needy and is not collected by the big ones, like in most cases.


ab   August 28th, 2010 8:09 am ET

if people would get over the unjust press that sean penn has received over the years, and find out the true facts about this man, they would see he is an intelligent, articulate and truly good man who tries to do the right thing. i saw wyclef jean on larry king and if ever anyone deserves to be called a "flim flam" man it is him. he can profess all he wants that he is a true haitian but during the first six months he was no where to be seen. he hasn't a clue and just flappying your mouth with nonsense coming out is not what the people need.

go sean penn.


pat davis   August 29th, 2010 12:52 pm ET

I have to agree with Sean Penn. Wyclef didn't even meet the qualifications to run for President of Haiti. Isn't this something he should have looked into before making such an announcement. It's like he woke up one day and said "I'm going to run for president of Haiti since I'm from there." Not a big fan of Sean Penn's temper at times but he made some very valid points. If you're gonna talk the talk you better walk the walk!


Toussaint   August 30th, 2010 5:09 am ET

You people who know nothing of Haiti or Haitians have some nerve. I am not saying that Wyclef is the perfect candidate for Haiti but if he can do something for Haiti then he deserves a chance. I am not saying Sean Penn is wrong or right but i think what he is doing in Haiti is admirable. Both these men want what is right for Haiti. For those of you that don't know the politics of Haiti or Haitian history there is no need for you to try and comment on this article because more than likely you willnot know what you're talking about.


Paul   September 1st, 2010 3:26 pm ET

I am agree with Sean,you are speaking the true since the earthquake wyclef never stay in Haiti for more than week you can see he is lying specialy on larry king show, every body know he is using his superstar power to be come President. I respect Wyclef but I do not approve him to be president, this is not a joke. Why Sean Stay in Haiti helping the Haitian people, what about wyclef? As a Haitian I fell Sean as American have more respect than Wyclef as far donation in Haiti


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