Oprah criticized for response to Maui wildfires sparking controversy.

Oprah criticized for response to Maui wildfires, sparking backlash.

August 15th 2023.

Oprah criticized for response to Maui wildfires sparking controversy.
Oprah Winfrey's response to the devastating wildfires in Maui, Hawaii, has stirred up some major backlash. Despite Maui officials welcoming her to uplift the community, online critics have called her actions “truly disgusting.” One person took to Twitter to express their opinion, writing, “Just like when Meghan Markle took a camera crew to #Uvalde after the massacre of young children. These celebrities are trash!”

Maui city officials, however, made sure to clarify the situation with Winfrey's camera crew, expressing their gratitude for her visit. They shared on Facebook, “Oprah was able to visit our shelter and we thank her for instructing media journalists and camera crews to remain outside. Her visit inside of the shelter today was truly heartwarming and we appreciate her understanding of our policy of having no camera crews or reporters accompanying dignitaries and celebrities in our emergency shelters.”

The city's policy restricted media access to the War Memorial Complex in Wailuku, further adding that they “welcome Oprah to continue to uplift our community’s spirit and give her aloha to victims of the tragic disaster.”

On August 10, Winfrey was filmed handing out supplies at the stadium. In an Instagram clip, she mentioned that rebuilding the island “is going to be a long and difficult process.”

“There is such an incredible spirit going on in this entire community,” Winfrey said. “I know that, long after the camera crews are gone and the rest of the world has moved on, the rebuilding will just begin.”

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