Melissa McCarthy Apologizes & Pulls Charity From 20 Days of Kindness Campaign Following Fan Backlash
Melissa McCarthy has issued a big apology to her fans after a campaign she is attached to was supporting an anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ charity.
Taking to Instagram, the 50-year-old actress shared her regret about the charity being included and thanked fans for letting her and HBOMax know about it.
The 20 Days of Kindness campaign is attached to promote her upcoming film, Superintelligence, and one of the charities highlighted was Exodus Cry, a Christian organization that states it’s “committed to abolishing sex trafficking and breaking the cycle of commercial sexual exploitation.”
News quickly spread about how the organization’s CEO Benjamin Nolot has a history of making comments against abortion and homosexuality.
“It has come to our attention that our 20 Days of Kindness, which is a kindness hub that we started to shine a light on 20 great charities, had one in there that…there’s no other way to say it, we blew it,” Melissa shared in her video. “We made a mistake and we backed a charity that upon proper vetting stands for everything that we do not.”
She continued, making sure that her fans knew it’s not a charity she supported knowing what she knows now.
“Because the answer is, No we do not,” Melissa said. “We have pulled it. We are so incredibly grateful for you ringing the bell and helping us be better. We’re sorry for our mistake. Oh boy, are we are sorry for it. Can’t believe that we missed it.”
Launched earlier this week for World Kindness Day, the campaign highlights a cause each day and encourages everyone to donate if they can.
For the campaign, HBOMax is donating $20,000 to each organization.
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