Haiti's New Ambassador: Sean Penn
Actor will serve as nation's ambassador at large
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2012 1:46 PM CST
Oprah Winfrey and Sean Penn wave during Winfrey's visit to a camp for people displaced by the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
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(Newser) – "Diplomacy" doesn't even make the list of the top million things associated with Sean Penn, but Haiti has gone ahead and named the actor its ambassador at large anyway. Penn, who has long labored for Haitian relief in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake, was offered the job at an A-list fundraiser over the weekend by Haiti's foreign minister, reports the New York Post. “I do accept,” Penn said, adding it would be refreshing to “change being called 'hey, you (bleep)', to 'hey, Mr. Ambassador!'”