Dwayne Johnson Speaks On Receiving Backlash From Maui Fund

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: Dwayne Johnson attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.
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Dwayne Johnson opens up about the backlash he and Oprah Winfrey have received after asking for public donations for the Maui wildfire recovery fund back in August. 

The actor went on Instagram to talk about the criticism the joint fundraiser received and said, “When we first launched the fund, there was some backlash. I get it and I completely understand, and I could’ve been better. And next time I will be better.” 

He went on to say that he is aware that “money ain’t falling out of the sky, and it’s not growing on trees, and there’s a lot of people out there who’s living paycheck to paycheck. And I get it, and I know what that’s like.” 

Johnson added, “When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, you are easily pissed off. It’s frustrating. And the last thing you want to hear when you’re living paycheck to paycheck is someone asking you for money- especially when the person asking you for money already has a lot of money. I get It, I understand.”

We reported that Johnson and Winfrey launched the Maui fund where they each donated $5 million to help residents after losing almost everything to the wildfires. They faced criticism for not giving more of their own money. The fund was set to give families $1,200 a month to help me get back on their feet.