He might not be able to run for President of Haiti, but Wyclef Jean is slinging mud like he’s coming up for re-election. According to Wyclef Jean, Sean Penn’s coke habit was the reason the actor claimed to have never noticed Jean helping out in Haiti.
During a concert this week the former Fugee ripped into Penn, saying “I got a message for Sean Penn: Maybe he ain’t see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.”Ã‚Â Yikes! Considering the actor was in Haiti for several months following the disaster, we sincerely doubt any human could do enough cocaine to miss Wyclef that entire time. But if anyone could do it, it would definitely be Sean Penn!
Penn immediately shot back, brushing off the coke claim as ridiculous and offering everything short of a doctor’s note to prove it. Says PennÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reps, “Mr. Jean is clearly unfamiliar with the physical demands put upon volunteers in Haiti. As aid workers there, the notion of depleting the body’s immune system thru the use of illicit drugs is ludicrous. More specifically, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (a.k.a. JPHRO) has a ZERO tolerance policy for any and all illegal drugs. As the leader of this organization, Sean Penn has not only set this policy, but adheres to it. That Mr. Jean would make such a false accusation is reckless and saddening, but not surprising.”
Whether Wyclef’s claims have any validity or not, we can all agree that the last thing the people of Haiti need is a coked-out Sean Penn scampering around the island. Actually, the last thing they need are two celebrities arguing about them constantly, so maybe take it down a notch, you guys.
She brought in the cash! Penelope Cruz auctioned off couture gowns worn on the red carpet for Haiti. And get this… they raised $333,000. The auction happened in Cannes, and they helped raise funds for Sean Penn‘s Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization.
Plenty of celebrities stepped up to donate their gowns. The lovely stylish ladies included Scarlett Johansson, Diane Kruger, Charlize Theron,Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Demi Moore, Gisele Bundchen, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow. Salma Hayek Pinault got top marks. She wore the first gown from the brand new Gucci Première couture label for a screening of Robin Hood last week. One bidder was so enamored that he paid 17,000 euros – the equivalent is approximately $ 21,000 – for it.
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We watched the “We Are The World” video premiere along with the rest of the world on Friday night and have to say that while we felt overwhelmed by the sheer star power involved, we were underwhelmed by the actual singing. We grew up on the original version and had the USA For Africa tape back in the day and, call us old-fashioned, we just feel that Justin Bieber and Auto-Tune can’t compete with Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder. Granted, some of the singers from the 1985 version came back for for the redux, including songwriter Lionel Richie and the ghost of Michael Jackson, but it felt off.
One celebrity not involved in the remake agrees with us. Jay-Z, acknowledging that he might catch some flack for his remarks, told MTV News “I know everybody is gonna take this wrong: ‘We Are the World,’ I love it, and I understand the point and think it’s great. But I think ‘We Are the World’ is like (Michael Jackson’s) ‘Thriller.’ I don’t ever wanna see it touched.I’m a fan of music. I know the plight and everything that’s going on in Haiti. I applaud the efforts: [Millions have been raised] through text [donations] to Haiti. So I appreciate the efforts and everything, but ‘We are the World’ is [musically] untouchable.” Jay explained that he wished the song was re-written rather than re-created for the Haiti cause, but considering the song is currently number one on iTunes, the rest of the world disagrees. [Photo: Getty Images]
No good deed goes unpunished. Susan Boyle was returning home last night when she reportedly encountered a young man inside her council house in Blackburn, Scotland. “The owner was very distressed to find someone had been within her home,” said local police. “And we are keen to speak to anyone who can assist with our investigations.” A 16-year-old was detained in connection with the trespassing, but released without charge. “I’m fine. It’s in the hands of the police now,” she told fans outside her home this morning.
Ironically, Boyle had just flown back from London, where she recorded her vocal for Simon Cowell‘s charity single for Haitian relief, a cover of R.E.M.‘s “Everybody Hurts” (a peculiar choice, considering the song’s subject is teenage depression—is Simon worried Haiti will kill itself?). Among the other stars joining Boyle on the track are Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams, Mika, Leona Lewis, Take That and Rod Stewart—whose presence reportedly made Boyle “shy” at the recording. D’ya still think he’s sexy, Susan?
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Hollywood salaries always seem crazy to us, but our annoyance at those $20 million paychecks is tempered when celebs like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donate a crapload of their money to charity. Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake in Haiti has been devastating to the island nation, but just a day after the disaster that has left countless dead, The Jolie-Pitt Foundation has donated $1 million to emergency medical operations there. The money will fund Doctors Without Borders, and Pitt explained “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.”
The couple aren’t the only ones to show their support to this cause though. Heroes star and native Haitian Jimmy Jean-Louis, whose family has been devastated by the quake, has also set up the Hollywood Unites For Haiti fund, where donations are being accepted to provide emergency assistance, shelter, medical supplies, food and water to those who require it. You can contribute directly to the fund here. Wyclef Jean, also a native Haitian, has set up Yele.org, another site where you can donate, either online or by texting the word “YELE” to 501501 to make a $5 donation. And as you may know from Facebook or other social networking sites, you can also text “HAITI” to 90999 to make a $10 donation directly to the American Red Cross. Any text donations will be billed to your cell phone. You can follow the Red Cross’ distaster relief efforts and updates on the country’s status on their Newsroom site. [Photo: Getty Images]