Oprah & The Rock: ‘Scam’ Charity And Maui Fire Video Sparks Outrage

Photo edit of Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Photo edit of Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Amid Maui’s tragic wildfire aftermath, Oprah and ‘The Rock’ launched a multi-million dollar relief fund, sparking both applause and critique from the public.

Maui Wildfire Aftermath

  • A devastating wildfire consumed thousands of acres on Maui, resulting in the tragic death of 115 individuals.

Celebrity Fundraising Initiative

  • Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson initiated the People’s Fund of Maui to directly assist Maui residents impacted by the fires.
  • Winfrey mentioned her inspiration came from Dolly Parton’s 2017 fundraiser for North Carolina fire victims. She aims to put the money directly into the pockets of those affected.
  • Johnson emphasized on TikTok that the fund provides a transparent way for people to ensure their donations reach the intended recipients without intermediaries.
  • Both celebrities contributed US$10 million to jumpstart the cause.

Public Reaction to the Fundraiser

  • The fundraising appeal was met with a mix of support and criticism.
  • Some followers expressed displeasure, suggesting the wealthy celebrities should appeal to their affluent connections instead of the general public.
  • Many pointed to their own financial struggles, highlighting the cost of living crisis.

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