Musician Wyclef Jean lashed out at actor Sean Penn for questioning his motivation behind running for president of Haiti.

Penn, who spent the last 6 months helping out in a Port-au-Prince refugee camp filled with earthquake survivors, told CNN that he hasn’t seen Jean in 6 months.

In an interview with Oprah’s bff Gayle King today, Wyclef Jean defended his absence in Haiti, saying “I have sweat in my blood.”


“He hasn’t seen me for six months—I’ve been going to Haiti for over five years. I am not absent in Haiti, maybe the tent city you’re in, maybe I’m absent in that.

My country is not a city of tents, meaning I can’t use the excuse of people living in tents to say that I’m going to make Haiti a better place. I would like to tell Sean Penn I do not react on emotions when it comes to the Haitian people.

I do not have to sacrifice my life and live inside of the tents to prove I am for the Haitian people.


Wyclef opens his mouth and removes all doubt that he’s ignorant. I guess you don’t have to be in Haiti or help out in refugee tents — or even speak the native language to run for president of Haiti?

Maybe Sean Penn should run for president since he’s clearly doing more for the Haitian people than Wyclef who is all mouth and little action.