Alyssa Milano has been slammed on social media for sharing a GoFundMe asking for donations for her 12-year-old son’s baseball team trip.
The Charmed star – who is believed to be a multimillionaire – set up the online fundraiser herself under her married name Alyssa Bugliari, and then shared it to her 3.4M followers on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Milano, 51, is married to powerhouse Hollywood agent David Bugliari, 43, who used to be a co-head of the motion picture department at CAA.
Fans widely mocked the post, flooding her replies with memes, including one that said the actress ‘identifies as poor’ when it is time to pay the bills.
After receiving backlash, Milano defended herself on X, telling followers she has paid ‘for uniforms for the entire team and coaches’ herself as well as thrown birthday parties and sponsored ‘any kid who can’t afford monthly dues.’
She added: ‘The kids also do fundraising themselves—car washes, movie nights, and many other fun things! Thank you to all who have contributed to the gofundme! You’ve made things easier for these boys and their families.’
Alyssa Milano was mercilessly trolled this week for sharing a GoFundMe soliciting donations for her 12-year-old son’s baseball team trip
Alyssa and her husband Dave Bugliari married in 2009, and in addition to their 12-year-old son Milo, they also have a nine-year-old daughter called Elizabella
After receiving backlash, Milano defended herself on X, telling followers she has paid ‘for uniforms for the entire team and coaches’ herself
Milano and Bugliari married in 2009, and in addition to their 12-year-old son Milo, they also have a nine-year-old daughter called Elizabella.
She posted the GoFundMe to X Thursday, writing: ‘My son’s baseball team is raising money for their Cooperstown trip. Any amount would be so greatly appreciated.’
Criticism poured in on social media, including from one X user who wrote: ‘I’m sure she’s getting residuals as we speak.’
‘Why isn’t Alyssa Milano paying for the trip for the whole team herself?’ wrote another. ‘Why is she asking for money from people who can barely buy groceries.’
Another social media user wondered: ‘Do rich people really just completely lose touch with reality. She has people living pay check to pay check pitching in for her son. WTF has happened to us.’
‘You’re a rich actress in Hollywood and you’re begging for money for your kid?’ snapped an X user. ‘Pay for it yourself you miserable t***.’
‘#AlyssaMilano would like to know if people could also donate to pay for her toilet paper and possibly her snacks,’ wrote another.
Still another X user wrote: ‘Alyssa Milano when it’s time to pay the bill,’ with a gif of Chris Rock joking onstage: ‘I identify as poor.’
Milano, pictured with her son Milo, added: ‘The kids also do fundraising themselves—car washes, movie nights, and many other fun things!’
Social media commentators quickly started raking her over the coals, wondering why a famous actress would feel the need to ask for money from normal people
Milano had defenders as well, such as one who argued on X: ‘Why would the other parents expect her to pay for all the team stuff? The kids need to raise the money, she thought she was helping.’
One of her supporters wrote in her replies: ‘It’s unreal, right away, just because you’re an actress, people think you have to fund the entire thing. There’s not a damn thing wrong with your doing this. It’s a great example for the kids to see you as Alyssa the Mom, not Alyssa the actress. This world is overrun with/Karens!’
‘I know,’ replied Milano. ‘And I would if I could.’
The actress does not appear among the named donors on the GoFundMe page, though a number of the donations were anonymous.
In reference to that detail, one donor gave $5 to the baseball trip under the screen name DoesntAlyssa HaveEnoughMoney.
The GoFundMe was launched with a $10,000 goal, of which more than $7,000 had been raised by Friday morning, the day after Milano’s controversial post on X.
She and her family live in a reportedly $2.5 million, five-bedroom home in an upscale gated community in Bell Canyon, about 20 miles north of Los Angeles.
Milano, the celebrity who popularized Tarana Burke’s slogan ‘Me Too’ in Hollywood, is frequently ridiculed for her left-wing political interventions.
Milano had defenders as well, such as one who argued on X: ‘Why would the other parents expect her to pay for all the team stuff?’
One of her supporters wrote in her replies: ‘It’s unreal, right away, just because you’re an actress, people think you have to fund the entire thing’
In 2018, she attended a gun control rally where a National Rifle Association (NRA) member confronted her security guard, asked if he was armed, received no answer and was escorted away from the scene.
In September 2020, after vocally supporting the ‘defund the police’ movement, she and her husband were accused of calling 911 on what she purportedly believed was an armed stalker on her property.
The authorities descended on the area, including seven Ventura County Sheriffs’ vehicles, a K-9 unit and a police helicopter.
It then emerged that the gunman was in fact a ‘neighborhood teen with an air gun shooting at squirrels,’ according to a neighbor who spoke to DailyMail.com.
Milano staunchly denied ringing the authorities, insisting that a neighbor of hers had made the call, and her denial was backed up by the sheriff’s office.
However in a statement to Fox News she admitted that, after the neighbor made the initial call, her husband followed up on the phone with 911 in order ‘to check on when police would be arriving.’
During the same year, she was mocked online for posting a video in which she used a detangling brush on her wet hair and caused some of it to come out – a development she attributed to having contracted COVID-19.