Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, has openly addressed the backlash he and Oprah Winfrey encountered after their appeal for public donations to support the Maui wildfire recovery fund. In a heartfelt video shared on his Instagram page, Johnson expressed his understanding of the criticism, committed to learning from the experience, and pledged to improve in the future.
Johnson began by acknowledging the initial criticism, stating, “When we initially launched the fund, there was some backlash. I comprehend it fully, and I could have handled it better. I promise to do better next time.”
He expressed empathy for the financial challenges that many people face, recognizing that “money isn’t raining from the sky, and it doesn’t grow on trees.” He went on to say, “There are numerous individuals out there who are living paycheck to paycheck. I understand that, and I know what that’s like.”
Johnson candidly admitted, “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 for money already has a substantial amount of wealth.”
“I’m so grateful and moved by all the messages I’m receiving out of Maui from the survivors of the devastating wildfires who are now getting their personal funding from The People’s Fund of Maui.
The strength of our people of Maui is beautiful and inspiring. Watching families and community come together after this tragedy is inspirational and I’m proud of our Polynesian people. Thank you to everyone who has helped by sending resources, love and prayers to all people affected by the fires and a loving mahalo and RESPECT to our OG cultural leaders, our local community organizations, all our first responders and every person who came together to help our people,” the post’s caption read. “And to everyone in my social media community right here. Our connection is everything because we only know how to be REAL with each other. You always tell me the truth – good or bad – I’ll always appreciate and protect that straight talk between us – you have my word to always listen, learn, grow and do better.
I’ve never launched a fund before – trust me, I’m a quick study and learn my lessons fast
I totally get it and I appreciate you.”