Oprah Winfrey suspends comments after outrage over response to Maui fires
Oprah Winfrey, the world-famous philanthropist, continues to generate controversy for her response to the Maui fires. Winfrey, along with The Rock, did her best to raise money for the residents of Maui, Hawaii, who were hit hard by the recent wildfires.
Winfrey and The Rock both have homes on Hawaii. Using his star power, the actor set up a relief fund and kicked off the initiative by donating $10 million. They have also partnered with several local organizations to help those who have been negatively impacted.
According to the organization’s website, every adult resident living in the affected area is eligible for $1,200 per month to help them during this recovery period.
“It takes a village, and I’m so proud to be part of the village providing assistance to Maui residents affected by wildfires with @peoplesfundofmaui,” Winfrey posted on her Instagram page. The actress tried hard to update people about the progress of the initiative and reassure them that people are being helped.
However, despite their efforts, many say actors are not doing enough. Fans pointed out their combined net worth (estimated at $2 billion), insinuating that their vast wealth should suffice for aid. One Tiktoker user wrote: “You two can take care of this. We are going to feed our families. May God have mercy on you.”
Since Winfrey posted her gratitude video, where she thanked those who have already donated to the fund, her comments have been suspended. Initially, the post allowed comments, but the comments section was filled with critics who asserted that she should contribute more than the $5 million she had already given.
the Moana The actor is also receiving objectionable comments but left his own.
“From hero to zero”
The Rock recently shared a video of himself welcoming tourists who were taking photos of celebrities’ homes. He jokingly asked the group: “Are you at my house yet?” After they said no, he laughed and said, “Okay, keep it that way.” He commented that these moments (that make a fan’s day) are what he enjoys about being famous. Another thing he likes is getting free stuff.
Fans flocked to the comments to criticize the video and its response to the Maui fires.
“I really liked you and am so disappointed in your response to Hawaii,” one user wrote.
Another added: “From hero to zero.”
“Dwayne…looks like you should stop your comments…your true colors are showing.”
“Can you believe he’s driving his car hoping to get some adoration to help him feel better about himself after the hit he took!! So glad he kept Maui on his mind…how arrogant.”
“Can your ego get too big? Issei?”