She will be a part of a livestream fundraiser also featuring Questlove, Common, Quincy Jones and others.
On Monday, Rolling Stone reported that Oprah, along with a handful of other entertainers including Questlove, Common, Quincy Jones, will be appearing on The Call to Unite, a 24-hour livestream event that will take place this upcoming weekend. The fundraiser is organized by Tim Shriver, the longtime chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics.
“The Call to Unite will stand in solidarity with those experiencing pain, fear, loneliness, and grief — and offer hope and support as we build a new future together,” organizers stated in a press release. “Throughout the event, global leaders will join citizens of the world in sharing practices, lessons, songs, performances, reflections, and more to help us turn the pain of this moment into possibility for tomorrow.”
Oprah’s involvement in the fundraiser has since received backlash, with social media users wondering why the billionaire and American media executive is asking people for money.
OPRAH is asking US for money???????????????? OPRAH is asking the common folk to donate money???????????????? OPRAH????????????? pic.twitter.com/UYKsQGGtas
— boo boo the fool 🖤 (@amandaoee_) April 28, 2020
— 🌻 (@Hibzster) April 28, 2020
Oprah asking us for money? I know you lying. https://t.co/TElLE0rcRm
— Bria 🌸 (@BrizzyH_) April 28, 2020
Oprah, you can literally do this by yourself & never EVER need the money back. Bye. https://t.co/6p1107GSt3
— Mama Sugar Tits (@_Saranity_) April 28, 2020
raise money??? isn't oprah a billionaire??? https://t.co/R7L7C6GZIW
— x (@westafricxn) April 27, 2020
Others have also highlighted the net worth of other entertainers a part of the fundraiser.
Oprah worth almost 3 billion
quest love 16 million
Common 35 million
Alanis 45 million
Julia Roberts 145 million
*All numbers rounded down..*
Why not hold a private call to action with millionaires to raise the money?
Do you need us to send you current unemployment stats..🙄 https://t.co/vWdd4CUhvH
— Kandi’s Stolen Friend (@itz_travy) April 28, 2020
Earlier this month, Oprah donated $10 million to help food banks in the United States reach more people amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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@chefjoseandres and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot have teamed up with @leonardodicaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and @Apple to launch America’s Food Fund to help feed local communities. I was struck by the work these organizations are doing and while everyone’s priority right now is to stay safer at home, I know there are many of us looking for ways to help. I believe that America’s Food Fund will be a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbors in need and am committing $1 million to this fund to support those facing food insecurity. I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up. For more on this Fund and how everyone can be of service, tap the link in my bio to watch this free AppleTV+ conversation.
Source: Rolling Stone