The country has done an incredible job of rallying around Texas during this time of need. Hurricane Harvey has left hundreds of thousands of homes inhabitable and even more people looking for basic necessities. This tragedy has brought many people together, including regular joes and celebs alike, to donate their time, supplies and money to those in the effected areas.
It’s encouraging that during this racially divided time in our country’s history to see people lending a hand to those in need, despite race or ethnicity. Houston is an extremely diverse city and this diverse area hasn’t slowed down the relief efforts one bit. But despite Americans coming together, there’s still some sick individuals out there determined to divide the nation.
While many continue to pour out their out support for hurricane victims touched by this tragedy, at least one out-of-touch Hollywood elite is looking to only help a select group. Orange Is The New Black star, Ruby Rose, answered the call for donations by showing that she doesn’t support Hurricane Harvey victims unless they’re LGBTQ. This garnered a much-deserved smack-down by Americans who found this to be unacceptable. If all people are equal, then sexual orientation shouldn’t matter in who we help.
The Daily Mail reports:
Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose has faced enormous backlash after donating $10,000 to Hurricane Harvey’s LGBTQ victims.
The 31-year-old was swiftly bombarded with abuse by social media users who accused her of singling out one group to help when there were many people in need.
The actress replied to a tweet from Lena Dunham’s boyfriend Jack Antonoff, in which she said: ‘I’m going to match Jack and eat a banana while I donate 10 k to the LGBT center in Houston also.’
Orange Is The New Black star Ruby Rose has faced enormous backlash after donating $10,000 to Hurricane Harvey’s LGBTQ victims only
The actress replied to a tweet from Lena Dunham’s boyfriend Jack Antonoff
Antonoff initially tweeted: ‘I’m going to match donations up to 10k to the montrose LGBT center in houston for harvey relief PLEASE donate.’
The reason Ruby joked back about eating a banana whilst donating is because Antonoff received flack at the VMA’s on Sunday for eating a banana during Katy Perry’s monologue.
Some Twitter users say it was a way of him throwing shade at Perry to show his loyalty to Taylor Swift amidst their ongoing feud.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Jack Antonoff bored and eating a banana during Katy Perry’s intro is all of us watching this intro. #VMAs’
Meanwhile, Ruby’s response to Antonoff sent many Twitter users into a frenzy as they questioned why she would make such a decision.
One social media user wrote: ‘This is sad… helping only one group. When the entire city needs help.’
Another very angry user posted: ‘So you are only willing to help out gay people suffering from the floods in Houston?!?! You are a disgusting human being.’
The actress, who is dating singer Jessica Origliasso, certainly didn’t take the criticism lying down.
She responded to some of the tweets.
‘I don’t agree with the wording or personal attacks but I can understand the confusion if you are not aware of what these centers do,’ the star posted next to an image containing more detail about the organization.
Ruby is one of the many celebrities stepping up to donate money to the Hurricane Harvey victims.
On Wednesday Sandra Bullock donated $1 million to the American Red Cross.
‘There are no politics in eight feet of water, there are human beings in eight feet of water,’ she said in a statement, according to People.
Additionally, socialite Khloe Kardashian said her celebrity family was donating $500,000 to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
She was responding to a challenge set by comedian Kevin Hart, who on Tuesday said he was donating $25,000 and named celebrities whom he urged to follow suit.
The OITNB actress praised one fan for explaining what the LGBTQ community does
In response, pop star Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend, baseball legend Alex Rodriguez, in a joint Instagram post said that they were each donating $25,000.
One of the most successful fund-raising efforts has come from football player J.J. Watt, a local transplant who plays for the Houston Texans.
After his online appeal quickly met his goal of raising $500,000 in donations, he repeatedly upped the challenge. By Wednesday he had raised $6 million and was seeking $10 million.
Hurricane Harvey is expected to be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, with its impacts currently estimated at $160 billion.”
Rose’s actions only make sense if the LGBTQ community were to be somehow rejected from the general aid effort, and there’s no reason to believe that they would be. The idea that one group should be given preferential treatment because of their sexual orientation when millions of lives have been threatened is absurd. Those who live consider themselves to be under the LGBTQ banner want to have equal rights, then why not act like equals? Nothing more, nothing less. Right now everyone needs to unite as Americans.
H/T [Daily Mail]
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