spike lee if god 300 Spike Lee talks Haiti, Sean Penn and Wyclef JeanSpike Lee has the ultimate respect for Sean Penn, but doesn’t have an opinion about Wyclef Jean‘s bid for the Haitian presidency … yet.

“I only know Wyclef as a musician, so I can only speak of his musicianship,” Lee says during the HBO press session Saturday (Aug. 7) for his HBO documentary “If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.” “Whether he’s a politician, that’s something else.”

“If God …” is the filmmaker’s follow-up to the Emmy-winning “When the Levees Broke.” In the new documentary, Lee makes a correlation between New Orleans and Haiti, even visiting Sean Penn, who’s camping out in Port Au Prince to help relief efforts.

“Sean Penn has put his dues, his time to speak about Haiti,” observes Lee. “He’s been down there from the get-go, he was there three days after the earthquake. “He’s left everything here and has moved to Haiti. And he’s not living in the palace, he’s living in a tent, and I slept three nights there. It’s not like he’s living high on the hog. This is like a tent tent tent. So I respect his opinion.”

]]>Penn’s opinion is that he’s afraid Jean’s ambition has less to do with aid and sacrifice and more with “flying around the world and talking to people.” Lee isn’t opposed to anyone — celebrity or not — who’s willing to help those in need. “For me, I don’t see any negativity what Brad Pitt doing, rebuilding houses for the African American homeowners in the lower Ninth Ward [in New Orleans],” Lee adds, “He’s doing stuff that neither the local, state or federal government are doing. He’s building greenhouses, solar panels, everything. “I want to commend President Clinton because he’s been in it too. He went back for the six-month anniversary [of the Haitian earthquake].” “If God …” premieres on HBO Aug. 23. Follow Zap2it and Zap2itHanh on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest movies, TV and celeb news.

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Posted by:Hanh Nguyen