Actress Alyssa Milano faced intense public criticism when she attended the Super Bowl with her son, Milo, following a recent controversy surrounding her GoFundMe campaign.
People were shocked when they witnessed Milano standing next to her 12-year-old son at the spectacular Super Bowl LVIII in Allegiant Stadium, just days after she faced criticism for sharing a fundraiser for her son’s baseball team.
Tickets for the event range from $950 to $9,500. The internet was skeptical when Milano appeared at America’s highly anticipated sporting event shortly after seeking public funds to send her son’s baseball team on a group trip from California to New York.
“How can he get to the game and you request money to take his team to Cooperstown? How out of touch are you,” one Instagrammer asked, while another asked, “Is this why you created the Go Fund Me? To get you and your kid to the Super Bowl?”
“Oh wow, you can afford the Super Bowl?” said one social media user.
“Damn. Probably could have spent that money one [sic] your son’s baseball team, huh?” read another comment. “But what do I know.”
Several individuals stepped up to support Milano, urging the critics to allow the mother and son to relish their special moment.
“People need to relax, she’s having an experience with her kid. Knock it off jeez,” one commenter said, while another chimed, “So many mean and angry people here… it’s not up to you or me to judge we’re [sic] she spends her money. I’ve met Alyssa just a week ago, and she’s a lovely person. You can see she is sincere and caring.”
The GoFundMe scandal unfolded in January when the 51-year-old actress from ‘Charmed’, said to have a net worth of around $10 million, started soliciting public assistance to raise funds for her son’s baseball team.
“My son’s baseball team is raising money for their Cooperstown trip. Any amount would be so greatly appreciated,” Milano wrote on Twitter.
Shortly after sharing the GoFundMe page link, social media users were left perplexed by Milano’s request for public assistance in raising funds for her son’s baseball team.
Social media users expressed shock and disapproval upon seeing Alyssa Milano ask for public donations for her son’s baseball team
“Alyssa Milano running a GoFundMe to send her kid somewhere is kinda wild,” one user wrote, while another said, “Alyssa Milano asking for donations? Shouldn’t she be able to fund the whole thing?”
The backlash even led to individuals leaving comments on her 12-year-old son’s account, which prompted Milano to speak out and explicitly explain her motivations for initiating the fundraiser.
Alyssa Milano wrote a strongly-worded message after social media users began leaving spiteful comments on her son’s account
“Every parent raises money for their child’s sports teams and many of them do so through GoFundMe. I am no different,” Milano said as she shared screenshots of her son’s Instagram page being targeted.
“As much as I’d love to pay for the entire team and their families for travel, transportation, hotel, food and beverage, uniforms, trading pins, and all the things teams do for this kind of trip—I can not afford to do so. Maybe someday. Also, if I did pay for everyone—my trolls would find something else to be hurtful about,” she went on to say.
“Regardless of how you feel about me, going on to my hardworking 12 year old son’s Instagram page and leaving these kinds of messages is so horrid. Leave the kids alone,” the actress added. “Let them play baseball. If you are against donating—don’t donate. If you’d like to donate to help the team’s families — we appreciate it—the link is in his bio.”