Actress Alyssa Milano is facing some harsh criticism after she and her husband created a GoFundMe account for their 12-year-old son.
According to several reports, the GoFundMe account was created in order to raise money for the 12-year-old’s baseball team. She shared the link to the fundraiser on her verified X, formerly known as Twitter, account.
My son’s baseball team is raising money for their Cooperstown trip. Any amount would be so greatly appreciated. You can read more about the team and make a donation here:https://t.co/PMV9aEFnou
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 25, 2024
“My son’s baseball team is raising money for their Cooperstown trip,” she wrote. “Any amount would be so greatly appreciated. You can read more about the team and make a donation here.”
The tweet however, didn’t go over as planned, while the GoFundMe is close to reaching its goal of $10,000, several people were upset over Alyssa asking average people for money considering her celebrity status.
As Alyssa explained in the description of the campaign, “We hope you will make a donation to keep our team competitive. Your donation will go to travel costs, uniforms, and dues for families. We also might use your donations for pins or novelty items to make our tournaments memorable experiences beyond the field,” she wrote.
“Baseball is life and our teamates are our brothers. Baseball gives us purpose and we are driven to be our very best. In order to compete, we must raise funds. The Birds 12U team is coached by two great coaches and our team is diverse, hardworking and really good. We’ve won many championship rings!”
However, people questioned why Alyssa wasn’t using her own money to help support her son’s team.
“Alyssa Milano has absolutely lost her mind. How out-of-touch and tone deaf can one person possibly be,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Why isn’t Alyssa Milano paying for the trip for the whole team herself? Why is she asking for money from people who can barely buy groceries,” another questioned.
However, some fellow parents admitted that this is a pretty standard practice for moms and dads with kids in sports. “Everyone is losing their sh** over Alyssa Milano not just cutting a check and instead allowing her son to learn the value of fundraising….. as a parent, this to me, is respectful,” another parent suggested.
While others argued that it would be a disservice to her son’s team not to use her celebrity to help raise money.
What do you think? Was it wrong for Milano to use her large platforms to ask mostly strangers for money?