Melissa McCarthy apologized after unknowingly donating to a “Christian fundamentalists” organization whose CEO has decried abortion and homosexuality.
According to Pink News, the Emmy Award-winning actress collaborated with HBO for a “20 Days of Kindness” campaign to support her upcoming action/comedy film, Superintelligence.
In the fundraising event that launched Tuesday, McCarthy and HBO donated $20,000 to 20 different charities, one of which was Exodus Cry – a Christian organization “committed to abolishing sex trafficking and breaking the cycle of commercial sexual exploitation.”
However, the Daily Beast uncovered Exodus Cry’s mission is to “abolish sex work entirely” – including sex among consenting adults.
Exodus Cry CEO Benjamin Nolot has warned that the world is “in a dark hour of sexual turbulence,” adding that such “sexual immorality” includes “all sexual activity outside of the marriage covenant between one man and one woman.”
Nolot has also compared abortion to the “holocaust.”
Open Democracy said that Exodus Cry was “birthed out of prayer” in Missouri and has been linked to the International House of Prayer, Kansas City (IHOPKC) – a far-right conservative religious group whose founder Mike Bickle claimed:
“gay people would face ‘flaming missiles of the Evil One.'”
The founder has also said Adolf Hitler was a “hunter” sent by God to punish the Jews.
In response to discovering what the organization truly stood for, McCarthy took to Instagram and admitted she and HBO “blew it.”
She thanked people on social media for flagging the organization and helping them to “correct a big mistake.”
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In the video, the Bridesmaids actress said:
“It has come to our attention that our 20 Days of Kindness, which is a kindness hub that we started to shine a light on 20 great charities, had one in there that… there’s no other way to say it, we blew it.”
“We have pulled it. We are so incredibly grateful for you ringing the bell and helping us be better. We’re sorry for our mistake. Oh boy, are we are sorry for it. Can’t believe that we missed it.”
McCarthy concluded with:
“I want to say, I hope this doesn’t ding the other charities because they’re really doing some amazing things.”
“Let the kindness continue, and thank you. Thanks for the help, we really needed it.”
People online were extremely appreciative of McCarthy’s apology.
Both on Instagram:
That’s the way to be accountable. We’re all human and we all make mistakes. Bravo to your great response!
— Joan Mensinger (@Stuball59) November 13, 2020
Flawless way to handle this situation! Let the kindness continue ❤️
— Taylor Fisher (@tayyfishyy) November 13, 2020
So refreshing to hear people just say “hey we missed this and we are sorry”. Thank you for your transparency and for what you are doing!
— Buffy Smith (@Bufferina) November 13, 2020
Additionally, HBO delivered a statement to Entertainment Tonight, which read:
“We were made aware of the issues surrounding Exodus Cry and have removed them from the list of partners associated.”
Superintelligence also stars James Corden and Brian Tyree Henry and is scheduled for digital release on HBO Max on November 26, 2020.