Earlier this week Sean Penn blasted Wyclef Jean for running for the president of Haiti, as did Wyclef’s former Fugees band mate Pras. Sean and Pras seem to think that Wyclef’s run is more self-serving than anything. Sean was quoted as saying, “This is somebody who’s going to receive an enormous amount of his support, if he continues this campaign, from the United States. I have to say, I’m very suspicious of it, simply because he, as an ambassador-at-large, has been virtually silent. For those of us in Haiti, he has been a non-presence.”
Wyclef has now responded to Sean’s remarks, which was probably good practice, because it seems like he’ll be having to defend himself quite a bit throughout this campaign.
“The first thing I’d like to say to Sean Penn is that the area which he operates in Haiti is one area in particular. 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.”
Ummm, well. I don’t know if that’s the most convincing argument, but it’s a valid one. Personally, I’m not for celebrities blending into government because I just know that more often than not, celebrities are a little bit removed from “the people” in exactly the way that a politician shouldn’t be. Even if they do everything in their power to stay down-to-Earth, after someone has experienced a certain amount of fame (not success, fame), it’s nearly impossible for them to remove themselves from it or even scale back on their lifestyle. That may not be what a recovering country needs in a new prez.
August 8, 2010 at 11:40 am by Molls
Sean Penn is somewhat of a hero today. The actor and his daughter Dylan are in Haiti right now and yesterday, after hearing that there was a woman and her child trapped inside of a collapsed building, Sean and Dylan drove over an hour and a half to save them. After pulling them from the rubble, they brought the them back to the University of Miami hospital camp in Port-au-Prince.
Penn and his daughter stayed with the mother and son all night until they were sure that the two were going to be OK. Penn then offered up his temporary Haitian home to them and said they could stay for as long as it took them to find a safe place to live. Wow.
February 26, 2010 at 11:57 am by Molls
Oh, hey guys. I don’t know how I missed this yesterday, but I should have totally posted it. It’s the video for We Are The World 25, a remake of the classic celebrity collaboration that was recorded to benefit Haiti. It’s a really crappy, elevator-type song but you know, it’s one of those things you have to watch once because everyone famous ever is in it. Also, it’s kind of hilarious. I laugh every single time I see Josh Groban’s face. And the parts with Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion and Wyclef are pretty lulzy as well.
February 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm by Molls
Simon Cowell has put together an all-star team to remake R.E.M.’s classic song “Everybody Hurts” to benefit Haiti. The song features everybody who’s not in the upcoming movie Valentine’s Day. In fact, here’s a line-by-line guide of who is singing each lyric, pulled from the YouTube video:
When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone,
When youre sure youve had enough of this life, well hang on
Dont let yourself go, cause everybody cries and everybody hurts
Sometimes…. sometimes everything is wrong.
Now its time to sing along
When your day is night alone,
(hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go
If you think youve had too much of this life, well hang on..
Cause everybody hurts..
Take Comfort in your friends
Jon Bon Jovi
Dont throw your hand, oh no
Dont throw your hand.
If you feel like youre alone, no, no, no, you are not alone
If youre on your own in this life, the days and nights are long,
When you think youve had too much of this life to…
Everybody hurts, sometimes,
And everybody hurts… sometimes
And everybody hurts… sometimes, so hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, repeat to fade
The song’s actually pretty good. They were working with great material (if you don’t love R.E.M., you don’t know wassup!), but each artist definitely adds something to the track. I will be purchasing it when it goes up for sale on February 8 at this site or this site or this site. And I suppose it wont really matter if you want to hear the song but don’t have the funds to download it legally, because I can already tell you that every soft-rock, Top 40 and hip hop station will be playing the hell out of this record.
February 2, 2010 at 10:33 am by Molls
PopEater reported today that Kanye West was banned from George Clooney’s big celebrity telethon, but that turned out to be a rumor. Kanye was in fact invited, according to MTV reps, he just didn’t respond. Oh. That’s fine. I’m sure he’s got t-shirts to wear and sunglasses to take on and off but to mostly keep on. So that’s one person for sure we know is not going. Who is going to be there?
George Clooney organized the event and personally donated 1 million dollars of his own money. According to USWeekly, you can also tune in to see the following:
President Bill Clinton, Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Will Smith with Muhammad Ali, Robert Pattinson, Tom Hanks and more.
Among the performers: Madonna, Beyonce, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Sheryl Crow, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Coldplay, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna.
You will not be able to miss this thing if you have a television. It’s going to be airing on all of the major networks and several cable stations, including MTV, E!, Comedy Central and Bravo! You’ll also be able to tune in online for free when it’s airing or purchase the recording of the telethon in iTunes after the fact.
Oh, and if you can’t remember why Kanye’s involvement in the telethon was questionable, check out this from the celebrity telethon they had to benefit New Orleans a few years ago:
January 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm by Molls
As you’ve probably heard by now, there was a 7.0 earthquake in Haiti earlier this week and Hollywood is coming out to show their support. It was announced today that the Hollywood Foreign Press has donated 100,000 dollars to the relief fund, and yesterday it was announced that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie cut a check for one million dollars to go toward the cause.
Statements from Angelina and Brad were published on People.com:
Angelina: “It is incredibly horrible to see a catastrophe of this size hit a people who have been suffering from extreme poverty, violence and unrest for so many decades.”
Brad: “We understand the first response is critical to serve the immediate needs of countless people who are now displaced from their homes, are suffering trauma, and most require urgent care.”
While it’s hard (OK, impossible) to donate on that level, there are ways that everyone can help. Right now if you text ‘HAITI’ to 90999, you can donate 10 dollars to the American Red Cross. The donation will be added to your cellphone bill (meaning you don’t have to worry about paying for it until your bill comes) and the service was set up by the U.S. State Department, so you know that it’s legit. Also, if you text “YELE” to 501501, you can donate $5 to Haiti native Wyclef Jean’s fund. You can check out Yele’s website here. Finally, American Airlines is offering free flights to Haiti for doctors and nurses who will be able to provide aid. If this is something that applies to you, you can call 212-697-9767 and sign up.
We talk about some pretty fun stuff over here, but it’s always important to keep in mind that there’s bigger news going on in the world than last night’s American Idol auditions.