Are We All Wyclef Jean?

So Many Would-Be Helpers Of Haiti Still Manage To Get It Wrong—Especially If They’re Famous

Since the January 2010 earthquake, Hollywood celebrities, like so many Americans, have given their money and loaned their faces and voices to Haiti. But are they helping the country—or are they, and we, killing with kindness? In conjunction with the exhibition “In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st-Century Haiti,” this question was posed to a panel of people who have worked in Haiti and philanthropy, at an event at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

Is putting pretty faces in front of a camera to raise money a plausible solution to Haiti’s …