Sean Penn

Sean Penn blasts 'whole #&*!ing world' for abandoning Haiti

May 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM ET

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Sean Penn attends a news conference about Haiti on Friday in Cannes, France.

Sean Penn isn't a fan of slacktivists. On Friday in Cannes, the actor-activist slammed the media for abandoning Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January 2010.

"It's not only celebrities who went for a day," Penn told reporters, as excerpted by "It's the whole  [expletive] world. It's all of you."

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"The reason we have Haiti fatigue is because there was never a commitment in the first place," he added.

Penn also called upon Barack Obama to meet with Haiti's newly elected president Michel Joseph Martelly. "It's time our elegant and formidable president stood side by side [with Martelly]," he said.

The actor was part of a news conference with Petra Nemcova and director Paul Haggis, all of whom work with nonprofit organizations in Haiti. The trio joined forces for a benefit for the country at the Cannes Film Festival.

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