Actor Sean Penn has heaped praise on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for supporting his Haiti relief charity called the Jp Haitian Relief Organization.
Sean Penn met up with Hugo Chavez in Caracas on Saturday, later telling the media that Chavez’s aid has helped his charity in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Penn has been criticized before for meeting with Chavez, who is considered a diplomatic outcast in the United States.
The United States and Venezuela have been without ambassadors since December 2010, when Chavez rejected the White House’s nominee for envoy in a diplomatic dispute. The United States then revoked the visa of Venezuelan Ambassador Bernardo Alvarez.
Chavez complimented his friend for his “new plans” and ideas, and said, “Sean is an activist of the struggles for the world’s oppressed peoples, and he’s leaving for Haiti right now.”
Actor Charlie Sheen is set to meet up with Penn in Haiti this week. Sheen plans to help boost publicity for the Jp Haitian Relief Organization, which Sean set up after the earthquake struck the country.
In a statement Penn says, “I think his energies, intelligence and passion could be both of service and servicing to him, as it is to all who are touched by the struggle of the Haitian people. Charlie is one of the very few public people who cannot be accused of using the media to his own benefit. I would very much like to show my old friend the world of needs on the ground in Haiti, and introduce him and his tremendous wit to our hard working Haitian staff.”
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