Melissa McCarthy Apologizes for HBO Max Donation to Group With Anti-LGBT History

Streamer’s “20 Days of Kindness” promotion tied to McCarthy’s film “Superintelligence”


In a video posted Thursday night, Melissa McCarthy apologized to fans for a donation given to an evangelical group with a history of anti-LGBT and anti-abortion activism. She also said the $20,000 donation, granted as part of a charity effort tied to her upcoming film “Superintelligence,” has been rescinded.

“Hi there. Um, it has come to our attention that our 20 Days of Kindness, which is something–a kindness up that we started to 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,” McCarthy said. “We made a mistake and we backed a charity that, upon proper vetting, stands for everything that we do not. Um, so I want to thank everyone, um, on social media who said, ‘What are you doing? Are you sure you want to back this?’ Because the answer was no we do not.”

“We have pulled it. We are so incredibly grateful for you ringing the bell and helping us be better,” the actress continued. “We’re sorry for our mistake. Oh boy, are we sorry for it. [I] can’t believe that we missed it. Um, and that’s it. And I just want to say that I hope it doesn’t ding the other charities because they’re really doing some amazing things, and 20 Days of Kindness Is really meant to shine the light on all of those wonderful charities. So, let the kindness continue… and thank you. Thanks for the help, we really needed it.”

Watch the video below:

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