Dwayne Johnson and Oprah faced severe backlash after asking the public to donate to their Maui Wildfire Fund last month. After the catastrophic wildfires in Maui, the two launched the People Fund of Maui to offer direct support to those affected. They also invited the public to contribute to this Fund. That enraged fans. Let’s dive in to find out what Dwayne had to say.
Criticism Over The Fund!
The two celebrities pledged a combined sum of $10 million to the Fund to kick things off. Their goal in creating the fund seemed well-intentioned. Many social media users criticized the billionaire and multimillionaire for asking the general public for funds and donations. They suggested that the two celebrities should donate more instead. Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram recently to address the backlash.
The actor started his video message with an update on the fund. He shared, “I have some great news ” some awesome news actually that I’m very grateful to share with you guys, and the news is this: The thousands and thousands of survivors, the families, they have now, over the past couple of weeks, started to receive their first round of funds.”
“They’re receiving their money.” He became sentimental seeing all the messages and videos from the survivors. Dwayne also said that it was the most gratifying and moving thing” to see. The survivors had contacted him, saying how much the fund had helped them. He thanked them for their “incredible messages”.
Dwayne Addresses The Backlash
Addressing the negative commentary, he said that he honestly understood why people got upset. He said, “I get it, and I completely understand, and I could have been better, and next time, I will be better. He continued, I understand money ain’t falling out of the sky, and it’s not growing on trees, and there’s a lot of people out there who’s living paycheck to paycheck. And I get it, and I know what that’s like. He said that this was his first time launching a Fund and he learned a lesson from this experience and will make sure that he will do better.