Glimore Girls star Melissa McCarthy has apologised following major backlash for donating to an organization which has strong stands against LGBTQ and abortion causes, tagging it a mistake.
McCarthy, 50, donated $20,000 to Exodus Cry, a California-based Christian organization “committed to abolishing sex trafficking,” a description on its website states.
However upon finding out the organisations aim as an “anti-abortion group hell-bent on killing the sex industry,” as reported by The Daily Beast, the actress backed out.
The donation was geared towards a campaign titled “20 Days of Kindness” launched by HBO Max and McCarthy, as a way to promote her upcoming film “Superintelligence.”
The event, which was launched Tuesday, highlights a different social cause every day, as it encourages people to donate.
HBO Max tops it off with a $20,000 donation to the selected organization.
Following news of her donation to Exodus Cry made public by the organisation on social media, Melissa decided that wasn’t the type of organisation she stood for and therefore took to social media to apologize for her mistake, saying the donation has been pulled off.
“Hi there, it has come to our attention that our “20 Days of Kindness,” which is something — a kindness that we started to kind of kind of shine a light on 20 great charities — had one in there that, there’s no other way to say it, we blew it. We made a mistake and we backed a charity that upon proper vetting, stands for everything that we do not,” McCarthy said.
She went on to thank “everyone on social media” who asked her if she was sure she wanted to support the organization.
“The answer is no, we do not,” she said emphatically.
“We have pulled [the support]. We are so incredibly grateful for you ringing the bell and helping us be better. We’re sorry for our mistake. Oh boy, are we sorry for it,” she said. “[I] can’t believe that we missed it.”
HBO Max also addressed the issue, following the social media backlash, The Wrap reports.
“We were made aware of the issues surrounding Exodus Cry and have removed them from the list of partners associated with the 20 Days of kindness campaign,” the streaming service said in a statement.