The Kylie Jenner GoFundMe campaign, created to ensure that the 20-year-old becomes the youngest female billionaire is ridiculous. This is what is wrong with our generation, where GoFundMe, a for-profit crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for everything from fighting a disease, college tuition fee or a vital surgery, is being used to shower more money on an already rich woman.
The Forbes magazine recently revealed that Jenner was a mere 100 million short of becoming a billionaire, which would also make her the youngest woman in the world to achieve that feat. While people are still fuming over Forbes placing Jenner on their magazine cover and reporting that she is the 27th richest self-made woman in the US, some people indeed felt that poor Jenner was having it the hard way and deserved a little push. According to the report in Business Insider India, multiple people tweeted that they intended to help Jenner become a billionaire. Which eventually lead to the creation of a GoFundMe campaign to sponsor the deficit 100 million to Jenner. The campaign description reads:
“I don’t want to live in a world where Kylie Jenner doesn’t have a billion dollars. We must raise 100 million dollars to help her get to a billion, please spread the word, this is extremely important.”
It’s not fair to other self-made women, that Jenner gets a push from her fans
People create crowdfunding campaigns for all kinds of reasons. Some need genuine help like money for critical surgeries, rebuilding a house, paying tuition fee or even starting a venture. There are others though, who seek funds for bizarre schemes, to hold political protests and whatnot.
But never has crowdfunding ever been used to make an already rich person richer.
- According to Forbes magazine, Kylie Jenner is just shy of a 100 million dollars to be the world’s youngest female billionaire.
- Her fans have thus started a GoFundMe campaign to raise this some for her.
- But doesn’t this insult the legacy of all self-made women, who have risen in wealth and power sans anyone’s support?
I cannot help but marvel at the priorities of people who have donated to this campaign. There are people who are struggling with life every day, in genuine need of money. Of all the causes of humanity which you could aid via crowdfunding, why give it to Jenner, who has more than she needs? What does this say about us as a generation? That people are blinded by their love for celebrities?
I am nobody to question why people adore Jenner. There has never been a right answer to why a certain celebrity casts a spell on the masses. However, it is not fair to other self-made women and the legacy of all hard working women, who have earned every penny on their own.
There are women who may not be as rich as Jenner but have worked very hard to amass wealth. To fund a billionaire to top these women is an insult to them and their hard work.
All those women who have worked hard to make their lives a success story would not like to be represented by someone whose rise among ranks disrupts all that they stand for. So for the sake of all self-made women, rich or otherwise, let Jenner earn her money on her own. The way things are going for her, she will be a billionaire soon. But we owe it to other women to not give her a shortcut to success.
There are numerous people who deserve the generosity being shown to Jenner. Most don’t even have a thousand bucks in their possession, let alone 900 million.
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Yamini Pustake Bhalerao is a writer with the SheThePeople team, in the Opinions section. The views expressed are the author’s own.