PRAS: Sean Penn didn’t have to go down to Haiti and set up camps. He can never be in office. Wyclef said it was a photo op. You go onstage [at Hot 97’s On da Reggae Tip concert in NYC] and make these reckless, unguided remarks about Sean and about me, and you’re the guy who wants to bring the country together?
MELKY: The crowd wanted to hear him say something about what happened. It was like, “Cool, this is the Wyclef that we loved for the past 20 years.” I thought it was brilliant.
MARTIN: Frankly, I was offended watching Sean Penn trying to come across as if he was somehow the White knight of Haiti, riding in on his horse saving the day. How can you all of a sudden pay attention for six months, when you’re dissing somebody who’s been focusing on issues there for a number of years?
**SEAN PENN STATEMENT SENT TO VIBE: "I felt then, and feel now, that Wyclef Jean has great gifts to give the Haitian people. Many, particularly in the younger culture, have enormous affection and admiration for him as an artist, as a meaningful voice who can bring attention to the plight of their troubled country. But I felt very strongly that in the absence of a legally legitimate eligibility, that anyone, whether it be Wyclef Jean or anyone else, treading recklessly in such a vulnerable place at such a vulnerable time was in fact, not a presidential candidate, but by definition of circumstances, a dangerous provocateur. I was never critical of a presidential campaign -- his, never had a legal legitimacy for that. I was simply concerned as a witness to the posture of its disruptiveness, and the negative impact on what would otherwise be his potentially positive contribution."