Kylie Jenner copped heat earlier this week after asking fans to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign raising funds for her former makeup artist Samuel Rauda’s brain surgery.
According to the GoFundMe shared by Jenner, Rauda underwent brain surgery on Sunday after being thrown out of a moving car.
“Sam underwent major surgery on Sunday, 3/14/21. He has a long road to recovery ahead of him. I know he is loved by many. Your donations will help cover the cost of his medical expenses and what’s to come. Please know that a donation of any amount is greatly appreciated,” a description for the campaign reads.
Naturally, after the fanfare that was Forbes crowning Kylie Jenner the youngest self-made billionaire back in 2019, Jenner’s attempt to crowdsource donations didn’t sit well with fans or critics. Kylie took to Instagram stories in a weak attempt to justify why she shared the GoFundMe link.
“I feel it’s important for me to clear up this false narrative that I’ve asked fans for money and am not paying for my makeup artist’s bills.”
“Sam isn’t my own 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,” Kylie continued.
“After learning in more detail about the accident, it compelled me to visit his gofundme which was set at 10k. They had already raised 6k so I put it in 5k to reach their original goal and though i’d post on my stories to gain more awareness if anyone also felt compelled to share or donate,” she added.
“I don’t know how all of this got so twisted but his family has reached out through Ariel and are very appreciative of all the donations, prayers, and love towards Sam.”
We don’t doubt that Kylie’s heart is pure and her intentions are good but when you’re making s $19,000USD per hour — appealing to fans charity is an off-colour move.