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Wyclef, Brad, and Angelina Issue Statements on Haiti

Yesterday's disastrous earthquake in Haiti has many celebrities speaking out. Wyclef Jean, whose Yele Haiti foundation is at the forefront of helping those injured or displaced in his homeland, was quick to issue a statement urging the US military to help. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who are close with fellow celebrity activist Wyclef after visiting the region with him in 2006, also spoke out about the natural disaster.

In a press release, Brad and Angelina said:

"We are devastated by the news from Haiti. We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter."

Brad and Angelina's words come amid the other news that they're not expected at this weekend's Golden Globes. They are sure to keep the situation in Haiti in their thoughts, as do we.

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TammyO TammyO 7 years
Insincere or not! At least they are doing something! They make these public statements to the public, not for recognition for themselves, but to call attention to how important it is to lend a hand with this horrible disaster. Who care if they use their star power to get the media's attention, it's all for a wonderful cause.
sloane220 sloane220 7 years
i'm haitian and i'm horrifired by what is going on. i 'm trying to distract myself, and sometimes mindless celebrity fluff helps. their announcement does seem a little disingenious and self serving b/c this is not particularly an issue that needs attention brought to it. i have donated through wyclef's organization, which is repubtable and has been working in haiti for years. i hope others do the same.
Juicylemon Juicylemon 7 years
Coming from Haiti, I'm grateful for any help there is. As for those complainging hearing about celebrities... What are you doing on PopSugar of all places? I f you want to hear about the missionaries and other kind of people sorry but its not the place for that.
acyl acyl 7 years
I love that Brad, Angie and Wyclef are using their fame and money for good.
sidra5397 sidra5397 7 years
Good for them and good for all of the people giving their time, money and support to the people in Haiti. It's unbelievably heart-rending that they're suffering so much... reminds me of when my native country was hit by the 2006 tsunami.
SandyFeet SandyFeet 7 years
# 21,Brad and Angelina are "doing" something, they are both is on the board of Yele. The press release was for the benefit of Haiti and Wyclef Jean Foundation (Yele). I also did not read anything that they urge the president to do anything and by the GW is no longer involved. Tabia I agree with you totally. If you want to help that is wonderful if not don't say anything. Haiti needs all the help they can get.
tiabia tiabia 7 years
This is a celebrity gossip site. I think the work of the missionaries is wonderful, but you have to realize what sort of website you are on. Also, if you can please donate to the Yele Haiti foundation: https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=23093
SandyFeet SandyFeet 7 years
www.unicefusa.org, is one way you can help. Donating whatever possible. The children are the most affected due the loss of their entire family. With a country as poor as Haiti water borne disease will be devastating. Temperatures there will be in the 90 degree range for next few days making recovery efforts difficult and the countless dead bodies that will be exposed to the elements. I hope the people will find the courage to withstand it. God bless them.
any any 7 years
clarabelle98, you're absolutely right! but i do agree that is a good thing :D
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 7 years
Anon - Yes, they probably are. But their spokespeople (In the case of the missionairies at least) aren't. The church is from my hometown, and their minister was on last night talking about the work their doing. It was amazing. My point is more one of that instead of making statements, why aren't they just "doing"? It's because they're not in it just to help, they're in it for the publicity too, and that's not right.
Amesabelle Amesabelle 7 years
clarabelle - Those people might be a little busy today to make statements, don't you think?
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 7 years
The people of Haiti need help, and I'm glad celebrities are giving their time and money to help. But what about the group of missionaries that arrived over there just in time for the earthquake to hit, and instead of leaving the country immediately, they extended their stay because now the help they are there to give is more critical? What about the people that live there year round, have lost their homes, and are still putting themselves out to help others? THOSE are the people we should be talking about, not celebrities that will never set foot in the country, but think that sending a check is "enough".
Joanna Joanna 7 years
Obama has pledged help as have the other countries. The Red Cross is there. There are thousands of people there trying to get people out of the buildings that have been trapped. Donations will help and they certainly need that. I think my only problem is that if you are going to start naming everyone that is helping then you should name them all not just a choice few. You are talking about mass devestation and it will have to be a huge out pouring of help. The people on the ground working around the clock and to clean up are just as important as the ones writing the checks. America has always been good to help anyway they can, even before Angelina came along. MSN has it on the news and so does the tv, newspapers and every media outlet available so you surely hear about it and know they need help without reading about it in the gossip magazines. Someone telling you to help is going to make you unless you planned to anyway.
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