Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson have come under fire for inviting their fans to donate to the victims of the Maui fire on social media.
On the island of Maui in Hawaii, a string of wildfires started earlier last month.
The People’s Fund of Maui, which puts money “directly in the pockets of those who were affected by the recent wildfires,” was launched on August 31.
Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and talk show presenter Oprah Winfrey announced the creation of the fund on X and TikTok.
The celebrity pair has, however, come under fire from certain users of social media.
The caption reads: “As @Oprahand I have seen firsthand, the impacts of these wildfires have been devastating, and we’re here to ensure with 100 percent guarantee that your donations will go directly into the hands of Lahaina residents.”
“Every adult resident who lives in the affected area and was displaced by the wildfires in Lahaina and Kula is eligible to receive $1,200 per month to help them through this period of recovery.”
“All you have to do is go to http://PeoplesFundofMaui.org to apply.”
People were not pleased with the video, but that is understandable given that Johnson and Winfrey have net worths of $800 million and $3.5 billion, respectively, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
“So two MEGA rich people asking poor and working families for charitable help rather than using their platform to shame a government into action? Pathetic,” another added.
And a final resolved: “I would but I’m broke… You two got this though!”
While some criticized their appeal, others supported their efforts to help those affected by the devastating wildfires in Maui. The debate highlights the complex dynamics surrounding celebrity philanthropy and fundraising.