Fugee and Refugee All-Star Wyclef Jean was both a performer and winner at last week's Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, and Jean used his time at the podium not only to collect his Moonman, but also to share his social views on a matter very dear to him.
Jean collaborated with Stevie Wonder on an update of Wonder's song, "Mastsblasta," which in turn was contributed to the soundtrack for "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."
But when the Haitian-born Jean had a chance to finally see "Stella," he was offended by one scene in particular, and addressed his grievance with the movie during the VMAs -- a stance he further explained afterwards during a backstage interview.
"Everyone who has seen it [knows what I mean]," Wyclef told the MTV Radio Network, "and [why] I mentioned 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back' ... In the movie they made a joke about Haitian people having AIDS. I was real offended about that."
"I don't think that AIDS is something that anyone should play with or comment on sarcastically," he added, "It's something very serious, we've got people working hard on it to cure, so we need to stop putting these stereotypes into movies, you know what I mean? So people will respect us."
Wyclef Jean will bring his Refugee All-Stars to the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC for a concert on September 28.
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