Sean Penn has blasted his peers and the global media for turning their back on Haiti at a glitzy Cannes Film Festival gala.
The Oscar winner was among the guests of honor at the black-tie Haiti: Carnival in Cannes fundraiser to benefit the victims of the 2010 earthquake, but there was something he felt he needed to get off his chest first.
At a press conference before Friday's bash, he suggested celebrities and news networks who were committed to helping those left homeless by the natural disaster in the months after the tragedy are no longer interested.
Taking aim at the media on the red carpet, the outspoken actor and activist raged, "It's not only celebrities who went for a day. It's the whole f**king world. It's all of you. The reason we have Haiti fatigue is because there was never a commitment in the first place."
Penn was joined by writer/director Paul Haggis and model Petra Nemcova, who like him, helm relief organizations working in Haiti.
The I Am Sam star created the J/P Haitian Relief Organization in the weeks after the earthquake to help rebuild schools and homes, and provide for the desperate locals left destitute after the disaster. His work continues and he has become a regular visitor to Haiti, taking TV news crews and celebrities like Oprah Winfrey with him to help raise interest in the cause.
At the press conference, Penn also urged President Barack Obama to meet with Haiti's newly-elected leader Michel Joseph Martelly, stating, "It is time for our formidable and elegant president to stand side by side with the new president of Haiti."