Wyclef Jean, an entertainer known primarily for his work with seminal 90s hip-hop group The Fugees, his own solo material, and his involvement with his country of origin, Haiti, has been making news lately with the announcement that he plans to run for president of his still earthquake-ravaged motherland. Win Butler, lead singer of Arcade Fire, doesn't think that's such a good idea. Here's what he had to say:
"Technically, [Wyclef Jean] shouldn't be eligible because he hasn't been a resident of Haiti. And I think him not speaking French and not being fluent in Creole would be a really major issue in trying to run a really complex government, like the government in Haiti. It would kind of be like Arnold Schwarzenegger only speaking Austrian and being elected President of the United States after New York City and L.A. had burned to the ground...I think he is a great musician and he really passionately cares about Haiti. I really hope he throws his support behind someone who is really competent and really eligible."
The band has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars for hospitals and other relief efforts in the region and Butler's wife/co-band leader, Regine, was born in Canada after her family fled Haiti in the 70s. If Wyclef does get to run for prez (and that residency requirement could prevent his candidacy though his lawyers argue that his status as a roaming ambassador for Haiti, a position to which he was appointed in 2007, negates the requirement), he better start drumming up some support fast. And, while he's at it, he should probably explain where all that money from his charity went.
On a lighter note, check out this Bob Dylan cameo in Wyclef's video for "Gone Til' November". He shows up around 2:30. Hey Bob! -ben krusling