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.”