Posted BY: RM | NwoReport
Oprah Winfrey recently faced criticism and disabled comments on her Instagram posts after requesting donations to support victims of the devastating Maui wildfires. She was joined by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in this fundraising effort, claiming they both contributed $10 million to kickstart the People’s Fund of Maui.
In a video statement, Oprah expressed concern for the wildfire’s impact. She cited inspiration from Dolly Parton’s charitable efforts in her community as the driving force behind their fundraiser. However, despite their combined net worth of $2.8 billion, they were heavily criticized online for donating only 0.2% and 1.9% of their wealth to the cause.
Meanwhile, more than 670 troops and Defense Department civilians remained actively engaged in responding to the Maui wildfires. They were involved in searching for victims, clearing hazardous materials from the affected area, and preparing for the safe return of residents and business owners to Lahaina.
Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Stephen Logan, the commander of Joint Task Force 5-0, highlighted the ongoing efforts to recover bodies and remove hazardous materials from the burned zone, including propane tanks, gasoline, asbestos, paints, and thinners. Currently, 275 soldiers and airmen are stationed at checkpoints around Lahaina to control access, with plans to adapt these checkpoints as the area reopens.
Oprah Winfrey owns approximately 2,000 acres of land in Maui, including 870 acres acquired earlier in the year. The criticism over the donation size sparked a debate about celebrity contributions to disaster relief efforts, particularly when they possess significant wealth and personal stakes in the affected regions. This incident serves as a reminder of the public’s expectation for celebrities to contribute more substantially in times of crisis.