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Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Face Criticism Over Appeal for Working-Class Donations to Maui Fire Relief Despite Their Combined Wealth

September 13, 2023

n a move that’s stirred controversy, entertainment icons Oprah Winfrey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have urged their massive fan followings to contribute to the Maui, Hawaii, relief fund aimed at aiding those devastated by the Lahaina wildfires. However, the combined wealth of these two celebrities, totaling over $2.8 billion, has left many skeptical of their appeal for public assistance.

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While Winfrey and Johnson kicked off The People’s Fund of Maui with a generous donation of $10 million, their subsequent calls for further contributions on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok have drawn criticism, particularly from fans who are facing financial hardships.

Critics are questioning why two of the world’s wealthiest individuals are seeking financial help from the public, with the size of their initial donation in comparison to their vast fortunes becoming a focal point of contention.

Dwayne Johnson has not publicly responded to the backlash, while Oprah Winfrey revealed that the relief fund has received contributions from 10,000 people, though the total amount remains undisclosed.

In the midst of this controversy, Oprah Winfrey’s extensive real estate holdings in Hawaii have come under scrutiny. Her recent acquisition of an additional 870 acres has increased her property ownership in the region to nearly 1,000 acres. This has fueled rumors and conspiracy theories suggesting that Winfrey and other affluent residents may have played a role in starting the wildfires to expand their real estate portfolios, though these claims lack concrete evidence.

The People’s Fund of Maui was born from a series of text exchanges between Winfrey and Johnson, where they expressed concern about the dire situation in Maui. Inspired by Dolly Parton’s charitable acts, they aimed to provide direct financial assistance to affected residents, with eligible adults set to receive monthly payments from the fund to aid their recovery.

The recent controversy has reignited the ongoing debate surrounding the involvement of the super-wealthy in philanthropic endeavors and the implications of soliciting public contributions for such causes.

Credit: Benzinger/Yahoo News

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