News: Wyclef Jean Addresses Haiti Victims Being Maced, "I'm Gonna Speak W/ The Head Of The UN" [Audio]
Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 9:00AM
Wyclef Jean has addressed the recent footage and accounts of Haiti victims being maced by United Nations officials last week.
According to Jean, he does not approve of the security tactic and will address the matter with the UN president.
"When I saw that macing, Whoo Kid, I was ecstatic and p*ssed off," Wyclef told DJ Whoo Kid in an interview. "I was there doing a food drive and when I was on my way to the food drive, I saw that long line with the UN and it's like, if I was on they line and I was in the front of htat line with the UN, I would have clearly told them you can't mace nobody. If you spend eight or nine days and don't eat, you're gonna wild out. Period. We do not approve the macing and we're not going for it. I'm gonna speak with the head of the UN about that." (Radio Planet TV)
Jean also addressed the mace controversy on his Twitter page.
"The UN should not be spraying mase on my people Faces, it is simply unacceptable!They have to improve their food distribution methods! Someone from the UN should call me now this is not Cool and I have lost my Cool!" (Wyclef Jean's Twitter)
Artists like Jay-Z and Rihanna have helped raise millions in relief funds for Haiti.
The "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon, led by George Clooney and Haiti-born rapper Wyclef Jean, has raised more than $57 million for relief to the earthquake-ravaged country, organizers said on Saturday. They called the $57 million a record for public donations in a disaster relief telethon, and said the figures were still "preliminary" as they exclude donations by corporations and large private donors and sales figures on website iTunes. Organizers said the "Hope for Haiti Now" album was the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes history and was currently No. 1 on iTunes' album chart in 18 countries. (ABC News)
The telethon also featured pop stars including Madonna and Shakira.
Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean - who set up the charity foundation Yele Haiti - Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige and Shakira performed in New York. Madonna sang Like A Prayer with the backing of a choir, while Sting sang Driven To Tears. Rihanna, meanwhile, performed a cover version of Bob Marley's Redemption Song, which she has released to raise money for the people of Haiti. Jay-Z debuted a song, Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) with U2's Bono and The Edge. It featured Jay-Z rapping about the earthquake while Bono and singer Rihanna's lyrics included "Not going to leave you stranded." (BBC)
Listen to Wyclef Jean's interview down below: