Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson understands the “backlash” he faced after creating a Maui wildfire recovery fund.
The 51-year-old star joined forces with Oprah Winfrey in August to create the Maui People’s Fund, but the celebrity duo came under fire after they urged the public to contribute to the fund.
Dwayne, who pledged to donate $10 million along with Oprah, said on Instagram: “When we first launched the fund, there was some backlash surrounding the launch of the fund and I want to address that backlash. I understand and fully understand.” and I could be better. And next time I will be better.”
The wrestler-turned-actor, who formerly lived in Hawaii, acknowledged that these are tough times for millions of Americans.
Dwayne admitted that money “doesn’t grow on trees.”
The Hollywood star added: “I understand. I know what is it. I lived from paycheck to paycheck.
“When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, the last thing you want to hear is someone asking you for money, especially when the person asking you for money already has a lot of money.”
In August, the actor and Oprah took to social media to create a bushfire recovery fund.
Oprah, 69, said on Instagram at the time: “We are honored to announce the creation of the Maui People’s Fund, a fund that puts money directly into the pockets of those affected by the recent wildfires. As we have seen firsthand, the impact from these wildfires has been devastating, and we are here to 100 percent guarantee that your donations will go directly into the hands of the people of Lahaina.
“Every adult resident living in the affected area and displaced by the Lahaina and Kula wildfires is eligible to receive $1,200 per month to help them through this recovery period. All you have to do is go to PeoplesFundofMaui.org to apply.
“We are honored to kick off this campaign with $10 million and ask for your help to donate to those who have lost their homes. We thank you in advance for your contribution. Link in bio to learn more and give @peoplesfundofmaui (prayer emoji). ) (sic)”