Wyclef Jean snaps back at Sean Penn, Pras at NYC concert: Watch the clip here

wyclef-jean-pennImage Credit: Charles Norfleet/PR Photos; Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty ImagesHaiti’s board of elections officials aren’t the only people towards whom Wyclef Jean is feeling sour right now. At a concert in NYC this past Friday, Jean had some harsh words for Sean Penn and sometime Fugees bandmate Pras, two of the most prominent celebs who have spoken out against his plans to run for president of that country.

“I got a message for Sean Penn,” Jean sang. “Maybe he ain’t see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.” Jean continued in the following line: “I got a message for Praswell/Even though you don’t want to support me, I got love for you/Even though you only kicked eight bars in the Fugees.”

UPDATE: “Mr. Jean is clearly unfamiliar with the physical demands put upon volunteers in Haiti,” Penn’s reps responded in a statement via email. “As aid workers there, the notion of depleting the body’s immune system through 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.”

Pending closer statistical analysis, the Music Mix has concluded that Pras likely contributed substantially more than eight bars’ worth of rhymes to the Fugees’ discography, though perhaps not quite so many bars as Jean or Lauryn Hill.

Click through to the jump to see a high-res clip of Jean’s performance, courtesy of Hot 97, the radio station that sponsored the show. What do you think of Jean’s latest jabs? Do remarks like this help or hurt his increasingly quixotic presidential campaign?

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  • William

    Who cares? He hasn’t been significant since Lauren Hill got out of the Fugees.

    • TJ

      Well, he did bring us the fabulous supergroup City High, and he had that song with Shakira…but yeah, overall he peaked in the 90s.

      • Brian

        What’s City High? And doing a song with Shakira counts for something? Neat.

      • Jason

        for the latest on City High – see the late 90’s. OR Go ahead and watch “Intervention” on A&E- because one of the members of City High was the subject of an episode.- CLASSY!

      • TJ

        @Jason, Actually, that City High song came out in 2001 (sad that I know this). I was being sarcastic about the supergroup thing, though. I just remember their one song being everywhere and then never hearing from them again.

  • Strangerthanfiction

    Wyclef’s remarks are not the words of a leader — of a band, maybe — but a country, no way.

    • Nathan

      Even a country like Haiti.

  • Brooke

    Wow, Wyclef, if you’re so easilg bruised by two celebrities’ legitimate concerns, which were solicited by reporters, I don’t know how you’re going to react to unsolicited criticism by the foreign press and unsolicited mudslinging from other candidates.

    • wino

      yup, you need tough skin, and an ability to sling back in a sly, strategic manner. we all know sean is a coke whore, but no need to go there.

    • u

      I highly doubt Sean Penn had “legitimate concerns”, or he wouldn’t have gone after Wyclef in such a personal manner. Besides, we’re talking about a guy who told his critics that questioned his intentions behind helping Haiti to get rectal cancer. So Wyclef hitting back at him shouldn’t be regarded as such a big deal, at least he didn’t wish Sean a deadly disease.

  • Meso Soup

    Wyclef – where’s Lauren Hill?
    Oh thats right she took the talent – he’s hoping she actually uses it again.

    Wyclef on the other hand – needs to fall into an abyss somewhere

  • Matt

    And with that Wyclef’s last shred of credibility goes down the toilet.

  • Forte

    For Sean Penn, good for him giving aid to Haiti after the earth quake. What he must realize is that Wyclef was born there and has contributed money for many years to aid Haiti before the earth quake.

    I don’t think Wyclef should be president but he has a heart for our people. Maybe he can use his celebrity to gain more attention for Haiti.

  • Kevin

    @Forte…John is that you?

    • SAELIE

      HAHAHA!!! I was thinking the same thing!

  • John

    Wyclef going negative? Sounds like a politician to me!

  • momo

    Wyclef just told us how he would have represented the Haitian people had he been allowed the honor of running for elected office there. Wyclef is self-absorbed and has no depth. How could he jhave no knowledge of Sean Penn giving up everything to go live there and help victims? How could he try to slander a man like that if he truly cares about Haiti. All Sean penn did is what anyone would do if a no talent pop star was running for office in the country they lived in. he QUESTIONED his motives. that’s all and Wyclef can’t handle that? Sheeeeet. just wait til he’s kidnapped and flown to South Africa by the CIA in the middle of the night. is he gonna go cry on stage about that too lol!? grow up homey and join us on earth. this is the real. He’s not intellectually mature enough to handle the job. Never will be. His music doesn’t even have depth! Sorry brah

  • Chris

    Maybe he need learn him more english?

    • kat

      Is that english also?

  • TGH

    Wyclef just comes across childish and overly-sensitive. He has no experience and seems to be doing it just because he might be able to… The last person to run for office for those reasons was George W, and we all remember how that went.

    • moviemenace

      “we all remember how that went”
      Actually I don’t think we do. Apparently all of George’s follies are all Obama’s fault now.

      • TJ

        Yep, 30-odd years of bad economic policy are supposed to be fixed in two. Well, Clinton stemmed the tide as much as he could (left office with a surplus), but the party of no reversed all of that very quickly. Much easier to destroy something than to rebuild.

      • Brett

        No, you can include Clinton in that 30-odd years of bad economic policy. And yes, it’s OKAY to blame Obama. He’s had 20 months and done nothing to fix the problems except throw money to big business.

      • Ringo

        Wow. Talk about “thin-skinned”. Moviemenace reminds me of those people who go on a killing spree when someone makes fun of their gods.

  • HumbleOne

    And those comments there, show furthermore as to why he shouldn’t run for president of ANYTHING! Not even a fan club! LOL

  • Chappel

    Too bad Wyclef isn’t smart enough to understand the backlash his “lyrics” will create. Now the media is going to be taking a closer look at how little time he spends in Haiti and what he does when he’s there. Not good news for him, you betcha (wink).

  • Nathan

    I still remember Wyclef singing like a billy goat on that horrid We Are the World remake from a while back. God that was an awful awful song.

  • GKJ

    Very sad.

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