The news out of Haiti this week? An ex-dictator plans his return, oh and Sean Penn and Wyclef Jean are ‘cool’ again.
After month of feuding, the entertainers made up at a fundraiser for Haiti held at New York City’s B.B. King’s club earlier this week. Tensions had been high between the two, after Penn called Wyclef out during his short-lived bid for the presidency.
Last year, Penn called Jean a “personality that threatens to create a new swell of social unrest in a plagued country,” saying what many critics were echoing at the time. Not being one to take an insult lightly, Jean responded saying:
“I got a message for Sean Penn: Maybe he ain’t see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.”
Whoa. Well, now that some time has passed the two hot heads have cooled down and are reconciling in the name of the country they both love. During his speech to kick off the night, Penn gave his best attempt at laying down arms telling Jean, “let’s move on for some fun.”
Jean says that he and Penn later had a private conversation where they hashed out the roots of their falling out. As Clef tells it:
“[Sean told me,] ‘You’re more powerful without being a president. You’re the only person outside of that country that can give the country big visual lights. I felt like you were diminishing your power.’ But [Sean] said, ‘In five years, I know you’ll be ready to do it.’ “
For now, let’s just let bygones be bygones and let this one go. Haiti has much bigger issues on the horizon. For one, Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, exiled in South Africa held a press conference announced he plans to return to the country before its electoral runoffs coming up next month. The move is sparking concern from many at the United Nations and in international community at large, who fear he may cause unrest by returning before the country gets to vote.
Are celeb feuds a distraction for Haiti? Or does the attention keep the country in our news?