Kylie Jenner Facing Criticism Over Donation Plea

Kylie Jenner

Maybe it’s time for the Kardashian/Jenner crew to step out of the spotlight. Not just because so many of us are plain tired of them taking up so much real estate on talk shows and news, but also because maybe they would genuinely benefit from it. They could definitely use a little bit of grounding, as evidenced by Kendall Jenner’s completely out of touch, ill advised, and dangerous Halloween Birthday Party last year (No, I’m still not over the blatant disregard for the health and safety of her guests and the people who had to work this extremely risky event). More recently, though, another Jenner has been the subject of much criticism. No stranger to scrutiny or the spotlight, Kylie Jenner is once again facing backlash for her public decisions, but this time it’s not about her brands or her appropriative aesthetic. It’s about one of the most out-of-touch things a wealthy person can do: asking the working class to donate their money, when they’re not willing to donate a substantial amount of their own. Jenner’s make-up artist, Samuel Rauda, recently needed emergency brain surgery. As you can imagine, the medical costs are just absurd. His family set up a GoFundMe for him. One would think that working for a near-billionaire would’ve benefited Rauda’s family in a big way here. Yet, Jenner only donated $5,000 to her employee to help with the medical bills. Sure, sure, she can do whatever she wants, it’s her money and no one else is entitled to it. But it’s the next bit that I, along with plenty of other folks, find so shocking. She shared the link to the GoFundMe page and asked her fans to donate to the cause. Not her other exceedingly wealthy friends and family, but her fans. This, from a woman who bought her toddler a $15,000 handbag. 

While this is shocking behavior, I am by no means crying out to “cancel” Jenner. I’m just hoping that she can learn something from this situation and the backlash thereof. Perhaps, humility? Grace? Class? She should’ve been taking notes last year when Lady Gaga set such an amazingly classy example by specifying she was asking for donations from philanthropists and big companies, and NOT her fans when she put on a big COVID-19 relief benefit concert last year. You go, Gaga! What do you think? Is this backlash justified? What would you have done differently? Let us know!