Wyclef, we don't need another hero
Published 13/08/2010 | 05:00
It's a classic case of a star trying to do something to improve people's lives -- and doing it arseways. When Wyclef Jean, formerly of the Fugees, announced his intention to run as president of his native Haiti, it seemed like the noble, if rather misguided, act of your average celebrity: Haiti's in bits after the earthquake, Haiti's having an election -- I know, I'll run for president and then everything will be fine because the people love me. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, sadly for Jean, a lot can go wrong, as he has discovered over the last week.
He announced his candidacy on CNN, saying: "What qualifies me to be president of Haiti, when I look at the past 200 years, with what our people have suffered -- political instability, coup after coup d'état -- I feel that me running, it brings a neutral situation, meaning that Wyclef Jean can sit with any political party and have a conversation.