Sean Penn Rips the "Whole F***ing World" for Abandoning Haiti

The actor laid into celebrities, the media and the public at large for ignoring an obligation to help the problem-ridden country

Fun fact: Sean Penn, the man who played stoner Jeff Spicoli in 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High, doesn't abide slackers. We know this because the very outspoken activist ripped into the media -- and mankind at large -- at a May 17 press conference to promote a Hiati fundraiser he's throwing at the Cannes Film Festival. Penn's gripe? No one is doing their part to help the small Caribbean republic, which has recently been devestated by earthquakes, flooding and cholera.

"The reason we have Haiti fatigue is because there was never a commitment in the first place," Penn, 51, said, according to The Wrap. "It's not only celebrities who went for a day. It's the whole f***ing world. It's all of you."

Penn also called on President Barack Obama to meet with newly elected Haitian president Michel Joseph Martelly so that they might formulate a plan for the country's future. "It is time for our formidable and elegant president to stand side by side with the new president of Haiti," he said.

Director Paul Haggis and supermodel Petra Nemcova, who also work with charities for Haiti, were onhand for the press conference as well. And Haggis went so far as to call Penn "an honest-to-God hero."

Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gerard Butler and David Schwimmer are among the guests expected to attend the May 18 fundraiser. No word yet on how they feel about being called slackers.

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