Wyclef Jean not only alleges that Sean Penn’s cocaine use is clouding his reality, but he struck up a song about it at his concert. In a recent move of retaliation, Jean accused Penn of “sniffing too much cocaine.” This came after Penn voiced publicly his doubts about Jean having the right stuff to be the Haitian president.
In a move that could best be described as juvenile, especially coming from a man inspiring to lead a country, Jean sang a song about Penn’s alleged cocaine use. He put the words to his song, “President,” and sang this to his fans, according to PopEater.
The words were changed to: “I got a message for Sean Penn: Maybe he ain’t see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.”
Jean has already been disqualified from the campaign because he did not meet the residency requirements in Haiti.
This might be a good thing for the Haitian people; if this man can retaliate with such a vengeance, then I for one would question if there is room in Haitian politics for this type of behavior. Being in political power would have Jean the focus of many worldly debates, and the answer would not be to target the people who disagree with him in a song.
Whether Penn allegedly has a cocaine problem or not, this is still no way for a potential president to act. Penn adamantly denied this in a statement his camp gave to the JustJared website.
Becoming a celebrity does strange things to people, Jean’s case in point. Yes, he loves his homeland of Haiti, but why would he use his popularity as a singer to take over in politics? This could have been a dangerous situation for the Haitian people, and the world, for that matter. Being president of a country takes more than loving the country; you have to have a level head and show dignity above all when dealing with people who disagree with you. Breaking out in a slanderous song does not fit the bill.
Jean is a beloved son of his native country of Haiti for many reasons, one of them being that he did what very few have been able to do from a country known for its poverty, and that is to become successful. He also is loved for sharing his wealth, as he has paid for various community services in Haiti. In such an impoverished country, this man is looked upon as a god.
The power his celebrity status grants him does not make him the best person to run the country, although it would most likely make him a front runner with the people for the vote. Call it divine intervention, but it is a good thing that a residency clause is in the criteria when it comes for being qualified to run for the country’s president.
No matter what Sean Penn’s lifestyle is, this is no way to deal with someone who debates your qualifications. If Jean had ever come into power as the president of that country, would we expect disparaging songs about anyone who disagrees with his politics? This would take albums.
References: PopEater,Just Jared