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Kylie Jenner has come under fire after she pointed her followers in the direction of a GoFundMe account.
The fundraiser is for makeup artist Samuel Rauda, who was badly injured in a crash and has undergone major surgery.
In a post on Instagram stories on Thursday (18 March), Jenner said: "May God watch over you and protect you @makeupbysamuel. Everyone take a moment to say a prayer for Sam who got into an accident this past weekend. And swipe up to visit his families [sic] go fund me."
Ordinarily, this would be quite a nice thing to do. Similarly, the fact the 23-year-old has made a $5,000 donation herself would also, ordinarily, be considered very nice.
However, people on Twitter seem less impressed, with some pointing out Jenner's own vast wealth - she was the highest-earning celebrity last year, pocketing a staggering $540 million (£389 million) pre-tax.
Many questioned why, given her own financial status, she seemed to be asking fans for donations, with one person posting: "I can't stand Kylie Jenner's influence. From posting pictures of her closet, with purses worth more than people will see in a lifetime, to her posing with multiple vehicles, while asking people to donate to her friend's medical fund when she could have paid it quietly? Nah."
Another added: "No way billionaire kylie jenner opened a Go Fund Me for her stylist??? sis how about you GO FUND HIM."
The backlash on Twitter tells the story:
Kylie jenners friend got in a bad car accident and needs emergency brain surgery and she asked fans to donate for his medical expenses (60,000).. that's pocket change for her. She donated a light 5k lmfao sis wtf ur a billionaire
- megan fox's daughter:cherries: (@jennifercheque) March 20, 2021
i'm so confused, why is Kylie Jenner asking people to donate money towards her friends surgery when she's literally a billionaire?! make it make sense
- maddie (@realllymaddie) March 21, 2021
Just seen how Kylie Jenners close friend had a car crash and needed brain surgery so she's asking her fans to donate to pay for it. $60,000 needed and she only put 5k in herself... A literal billionaire? Great mate she is.
- alex (@alex_worboys) March 20, 2021
y'all I lost all respect for Kylie Jenner girl could have paid 60k for her friends brain surgery easily but instead asks fans to donate on gofundme :skull::skull::skull:
- alyssa (@alyssabgraham) March 21, 2021
kylie jenner better open up one of her birkins and stop asking us poor folk to donate to her makeup artists' gofundme :sob::sob:
- sara ♡ (@luxyfontaine) March 21, 2021
Kylie jenner asking her followers to donate to her makeup artist/friends emergency brain surgery as if we all made the Forbes list too????
- enyo (@enyaapatterson) March 21, 2021
Kylie Jenner asking people to donate to her makeup artist's surgery meanwhile her closet looks like this pic.twitter.com/yVERch4xX8
- Kervv :anger_right: (@_kervj) March 21, 2021
we're in a global pandemic, with record breaking unemployment in the country-and kylie jenner (a 'self-made BILLIONAIRE') made a go-fund me page and is asking her fans to donate money for one of her friends' surgery? pic.twitter.com/qNSPEsaR3M
- c i n d y :libra: (@lilicablossomxo) March 21, 2021
Hopefully Sam gets better soon.
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