Only weeks after thousands of Americans teamed up to try and help actress Alyssa Milano find shelter for her horses as the wildfires in California threatened her home, she chose to show her gratitude by asking the American people to donate their money to help asylum refugees.
“Some friends and I are trying to raise $100,000 today to help some people in the fight of their lives, seeking asylum at our southern border,” she tweeted she wrote in a tweet last Thursday afternoon that prompted immense backlash. “Would you be willing to give #FiveForFamilies to help out?”
Some friends and I are trying to raise $100,000 today to help some people in the fight of their lives, seeking asylum at our southern border.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 22, 2018
The most common answer was a resounding “no!” Why? Because the American people en masse felt that there were more deserving recipients of their money, such as the victims of the wildfires in California that have destroyed thousands of homes, not including her own.
“You are the kind of person I don’t understand at all. We helped save your horses from a fire that was the worst fire in California history. People died. People have absolutely nothing left. They’re living in tents. They are your fellow Americans and neighbors. Help them,” one incensed Twitter user wrote to Milano.
Many others echoed this sentiment.
You are the kind of person I don’t understand at all. We helped save your horses from a fire that was the worst fire in California history. People died. People have absolutely nothing left. They’re living in tents. They are your fellow Americans and neighbors. Help them.
— Marion O’Connor (@Owind1950) November 25, 2018
Aren’t there thousands of people in your state that has lost everything? What about them? Could you reach out and help those families in Paradise and the families that lost a loved one to the brutal fires? Come on!
— ❤️🇺🇸1 of Trump’s Cult🇺🇸❤️ (@shelleyy_chase) November 25, 2018
There are homeless people in Paradise CA because of the fires. They are in tents. It’s rainy. Cold. Kids lost their homes. Maybe fundraising could help them. They’re hurting. Lost family, friends, animals.
— arlene billson (@juneslili) November 25, 2018
— AshSolesFromTheFire (@ashsoles) November 25, 2018
Alyssa sweety, how about raising that money for the people and First Responders which lost everything during the California wild fires? pic.twitter.com/swvargdZnj
— Eli Brody2.0 (@woofeous) November 24, 2018
Dear Ms. @Alyssa_Milano , slightly to your north there’s a town called Paradise. The current death toll is currently 87 and rising. More than 500 of the residents are missing. Over 20,000 people, mostly elderly, have lost everything including their homes. Charity begins at home.
— Str8 Don Lemon🍋👫🍺🌈❤ (@Str8DonLemon) November 25, 2018
During the height of the fires earlier this month, Milano posted a tweet begging for help for her horses, writing, “If anyone can get 5 horses out the fire please help me.”
In response, actor James Woods mobilized a an army of help around the hashtag #SoCalFiresJamesWoods to spread the word and get her the assistance she needed.
If anyone can get 5 horses out the fire please help me.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 9, 2018
She needs help with five horses. It was previously reported that her horses had been evacuated, but she says that did not happen. Please contact her at @Alyssa_Milano to get her location or use my hashtag #SoCalFiresJamesWoods This is a serious request. https://t.co/R7krd0Wfbg
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 9, 2018
Thousands of Americans wound up retweeting him in a bid to aid the actress, and despite their shared objection to her radical political beliefs, which are anathema to everything Woods and his conservative followers support and hold dear, including due process.
Milano eventually found shelter for her horses. In fact, thanks to the powers that be, she, her children, her horses and her home all made it through the fire perfectly intact.
Horses are finally safe. My children are safe. My home is in jeopardy but… everything with a heartbeat is safe. Thank you all for your concern.
To those who insisted on still being hurtful because our political affiliation is different, you are what is wrong with the country.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 9, 2018
UPDATE: My house is still standing. I’m on my way to bring firefighters water and food.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 10, 2018
A myriad of other California residents were not so fortunate, particularly those in Paradise, a northern California town that’s nothing but ruins. Most residents of the town are now homeless.
That Milano would ignore these fellow Californians — and after so many Americans went out of their way to try and help her — and instead raise money for non-citizens felt like a slap in the face.
“God, your pathetic @Alyssa_Milano. What a slap in the face to the Americans in CA that are homeless. The children hv no homes, nothing. Also, the veterans who are also homeless,” one Twitter user wrote.
Others echoed his point about the untold number of homeless children and veterans in america.
Ever thought about looking into all the homeless and poor kids in our country?? Many are a lot worse off than the Caravan kids, and these are American citizens of OUR country!! Shameful!! Always grandstanding because your career is nothing any more!!
— krikin (@krikin) November 25, 2018
Considering the fact that we have homeless citizens including veterans of our own in the America……. it’s gonna be a HELL NO!!
— VinnieD (@ImJustVinnie) November 25, 2018
How about raising money to help our veterans and homless sleeping in the street and the thousands of kids that are homeless Same on you
— Rodney Weidenmaier (@RWeidenmaier) November 25, 2018
why would I donate anything to someone trying to come here and break our laws when I cant even get donations to help a Korean war vet and his family in their home
— steve (ΜΌΛΏΝ ΛΑΒΈ) NATIONALIST (@driver18wheels) November 25, 2018
Why don’t you raise money for all the homeless Americans we have sleeping on the streets that include children and Veterans. They could sure use the help. If these people want to be an American citizen then they need to do it the legal way. We need to take care of our own
— Donna Ruefle (@RuefleDonna) November 25, 2018
One Twitter user had an especially interesting question: Why doesn’t Milano, who’s worth an estimated $10 million, just donate her own money instead of asking Middle Class Americans for their money?
A big Star like you, 100,000 should be no problem at all, why don’t you put it up instead of hitting up the poor and working class.
— #1OldPatriot (@luvoldtrucks36) November 25, 2018
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