Kim Kardashian is being criticised for asking fans to donate money to paralysed fan
2 December 2019, 17:11 | Updated: 26 January 2022, 19:44
"You're literally a millionaire Kim."
Kim Kardashian is receiving backlash on social media for asking her Twitter followers to donate money to a man that suffered a spinal cord injury, despite the fact she's ridiculously rich.
Jacques Matellus suffered a C1 spinal cord injury whilst rehearsing for a musical. The impact left him paralysed from the neck down and meant he has required surgery and rehabilitation. Sadly, Jacques' insurance will not cover the cost of the therapy he needs to continue making progress. Jacques now needs to raise $80,000 to cover the cost of his treatment for the next year, which includes intense therapy sessions for three hours a day, five days a week, at a cost of $100 per hour.
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The post was shared on Twitter, with the user tagging Kim in it knowing that she "love helping people out". Later, the SKIMS founder retweeted the post with the message: "Everyone please read his story below and if you can donate I’m sure he would be so grateful."
Kim was immediately criticised for even asking her followers for the cash considering she's a multimillionaire. Forbes estimates Kim is worth $370 million and she came in at 26 on its list of America's Highest-Paid Celebrities in 2019. Now that is not even considering her husband Kanye West is pretty rich too and her sister Kylie Jenner is literally a billionaire, so she's hardly struggling.
Considering $80,000 is literally 0.02% of Kim Kardashian's net worth her fans thought her even daring to ask was an absolute "joke".
I hate you.— saysahr (@czerrrsdead) November 30, 2019
Just fucking cover his expenses bitch. It's not gon dent anything. https://t.co/IwuBtoBhGG
BITCH THE GOAL $4,000. If you don't stop playing in our broke ass faces and get your credit card info out https://t.co/zQhJFEqzJZ— having braces is my personality (@BlueIvysister) November 29, 2019
a swiftie: my mom has cancer— kendoll™ (@hissthesnake) November 30, 2019
Taylor Swift: here's $15,500. glad to help :)
a swiftie: i need money for my tuition fund
Taylor Swift: here's $6,386 :)
a kardashian fan: this man has C1 spinal cord injury, i hope Kim could send some help
Kim Kardashian, a multimillionaire: https://t.co/bh4of58iiA
Your sister is a billionaire, Kimberly. https://t.co/guGhbp9iJ0— na'ama. (@iknownaama) November 30, 2019
You could pay this ten times over and still have more money than most Americans will see in a lifetime https://t.co/ciUM0xaTsU— Kyle 🌱 (@KylePlantEmoji) December 2, 2019
your husband and your sister are both billionaires but you're asking the working class for donations??? THE WORLD IS ENDING GUYS https://t.co/W6iY2qc008— A Celestial Being (@BoboMatjila) December 2, 2019
you're a literal millionaire asking regular people for help you're a joke. https://t.co/wigSMHDRux— mmhmm | #1 king of my heart stan (@fuckinenchanted) November 30, 2019
Of course, celebs aren't obligated to donate to every cause they come across but you know, it is a bit cheeky. Kim hasn't responded to the backlash and it's not known how much she donated, or if she even did. But according to the GoFundMe page, Kylie Jenner actually donated $10,000 to Jacques.
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The GoFundMe is currently at $32,000, you can donate here.