The Rock says he understands why people were angry with him and Oprah

The Rock says he understands why people online were upset after he and Oprah asked for donations.
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  • Dwayne Johnson has apologized for how he and Oprah Winfrey requested donations for their Maui fund.
  • Johnson said he understands why people are upset and knows that “money doesn’t grow on trees.”
  • Johnson and Oprah Winfrey established the “People’s Fund of Maui” in August to help survivors.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he understands why people online were upset that he and Oprah Winfrey asked for donations to a relief fund set up for victims of the wildfires in Maui in August.

In a video posted to Instagram on Sunday, Johnson said he had learned from the backlash, after fans complained that he and Winfrey should be donating more to their fund instead of asking others to donate.

“When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, the last thing you want to hear is someone asking you for money, especially if the person asking you for money is not yours,” said Johnson, who has more than 389 million followers on Instagram. The person must already have a lot of money.” Said in the video. The video has received more than 520,000 likes at the time of writing.

Johnson said, “I get it, and I completely understand, and I could have been better. And next time, I’ll be better.”

On August 31, Johnson and Winfrey announced in an Instagram video that they had established the “People’s Fund of Maui”, aimed at helping raise money for locals affected by the fires. The pair said they each contributed $5 million to start the fund. People criticized the pair for asking for donations online, with some saying they live paycheck-to-paycheck and can’t make ends meet.

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“I understand that money isn’t falling from the sky, and it’s not growing on trees, and there are a lot of people out there living paycheck to paycheck. And I understand that, and I know what it’s like , I’ve lived it paycheck to paycheck,” Johnson said in his recent video.

In the August video, Johnson and Winfrey said residents whose primary homes were damaged in the fires in Lahaina and Kula could receive $1,200 per month from their fund.

“Thousands of survivors, their families, over the past few weeks have begun to get their first round of fun,” Johnson said in Sunday’s video. He did not say in the video how much money was given to the residents.

The fire in Maui was the deadliest fire in the United States in the last century.

Johnson did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment sent outside regular office hours.

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