Kylie Jenner has spoken out against the backlash she is currently facing for asking her followers to donate to a GoFundMe to help support her former make-up artist’s brain surgery.
The criticism came as a result of Jenner’s $5,000 donation to Samuel Rauda’s expenses in lieu of her near billion-dollar net worth. She has since taken to Instagram to explain her side of the story, stating that her donation enabled the fundraiser to reach its end goal of $10,000.
“They had already raised $6k so I put in $5k to reach their original goal and thought I’d post on my stories to gain more awareness if anyone also felt compelled to share or donate”.
Jenner had previously been labelled “tone-deaf” in response to her promotion of the medical fundraiser. Critics argued that the contribution was insufficient given that the influencer earns an estimated $450,000 a day.
The original confusion seems to have originated through GoFundMe’s model, where the total goal of campaigns can increase each time they are fulfilled. This led people to believe that the goal to pay for the surgery sat at $60,000 at the time - rendering Jenner’s donation unreasonably meek given her status.
Fortunately, Samuel Rauda’s recovery fund currently sits at over $100,000. The 26-year-old was reportedly in a serious traffic accident the week prior.
Jenner also set straight misinformation that had been circling on Twitter that Sam was part of her current team - many Twitter users had depicted her contribution as doing a disservice to a friend and employee.
“Sam isn’t my makeup artist and unfortunately we don’t have a personal relationship anymore but I have worked with him a few years ago and I think he’s the sweetest. I saw my current makeup artist and friend Ariel post about Sam’s accident and his family’s GoFundMe and I called Ariel immediately to see what happened to Sam
“Anyone that knows me knows that I do things from the heart and try to be helpful wherever I can be”.
The make-up artist has also received donations from the likes of beauty entrepreneur Huda Kattan (better known as HudaBeauty), Bella Thorne, Bebe Rexha, and Sofia Richie.
Singer-songwriter Rexha defended the actions of Jenner in a now-deleted series of tweets.
GoFundMe revealed last year that one-third of their total campaigns are to fund medical costs, speaking to a wider point most fans and critics of Jenner can agree on.