Oprah Winfrey And Dwayne Johnson Face Backlash After Asking Fans To Donate To Maui Fires

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.

As a result of the fire’s damage, more than a hundred people died and many were forced to leave their homes.

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.

Johnson posted a video of himself and Winfrey to X and TikTok, explaining that Dolly Parton’s charitable giving in her community served as one of the fund’s main sources of inspiration.

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 to apply.”

“We are honored to start this campaign with $10 million dollars and ask for your help in donating to those who have lost their homes. We thank you in advance for your contribution. Click the link below to learn more and give.”

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.

One X user wrote: “Oh puleaase. We don’t believe either of you for a second. If you cared about Maui you wouldn’t be asking US for money. You would use your own. Your ‘ask’ is quite revealing.”

“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.

A TikTok user commented: “Only $10 million?! If you’re each donating half, or $5 million each, Oprah is donating point two percent of her wealth. The Rock donating point six percent of his wealth.”

And a final resolved: “I would but I’m broke… You two got this though!”

Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne Johnson’s call for donations to aid Maui fire victims generated controversy on social media due to their substantial wealth.

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.


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