Kim Kardashian was called “selfish,” “cheap” and “sleazy” for allegedly profiteering off the Philippines typhoon victims after it was revealed that the reality star is keeping 90 percent of the profits from her much-lauded eBay charity sale to help those affected.
Kardashian, 33, touted her “very special” charitable endeavor last week, exclaiming on her website how a “portion of the proceeds… are going to International Medical Corps, a nonprofit organization that provides critical health services on remote islands where families are struggling to access medical care and basic resources like food, clean drinking water and vital medications.”
But the E! reality star, who is making upwards of $10 million this year alone, did not mention that only 10 percent of the proceeds of the online sales of clothes and accessories from high-end designers Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada will go to the typhoon victimes, radaronline.com reports.
Some of Kardashian’s fans are shocked and have accused her of orchestrating the auction as a shameless “publicity stunt.”
“Kim, I think what you’re doing is great but honestly only 10 percent?” one fan wrote on Kardashian’s blog, which has been inundated with an avalanche of criticism.
“Yes, I know it is still more than they would have but 90 percent is far more than is needed for over head expenses. I am a huge fan of you but this disappoints me.”
Wrote another supporter: “Kim, I noticed your only giving 10% of the eBay sales to Philippines. Don’t you think it would be more helpful and less of a publicity stunt to give all 100 percent of the proceeds!”
Said a third: “If this is true, I feel you are using the victims of that disaster for your own personal gain.”
They added: “It would seem that you can afford to sell off some of your used personal items, then donate the complete profit to these poor unfortunate victims instead of using them to profit yourself.”
Just for the record: Kardashian has an estimated net worth of over $40 million.
Some fans even questioned whether Kardashian even paid for the merchandise herself or whether it was gifted to her.
“If this indeed is true, shame on you,” said another fan.
“How can you even sleep at night? If this is indeed all facts, you would easily make the list of the top sleaziest profiteers in history. Using the poor victims of one of the most devastating natural disasters, to fatten your own pockets is unfathomable. It makes me sick to my stomach.”
The death toll from the typhoon, one of the greatest natural disasters ever recorded, has topped 5,000, Philippine officials said Friday.