Actor-activist Alyssa Milano found herself at the center of controversy after soliciting donations for her son’s travel baseball team via a GoFundMe campaign. Responding to the backlash, Milano explained that she sought contributions because she couldn’t afford the expenses herself.
In an Instagram post on Thursday, Milano addressed the criticism, emphasizing that fundraising for children’s sports teams is a common practice among parents. She acknowledged that while she would love to cover all costs associated with the trip, including travel, accommodation, and uniforms, her financial situation doesn’t allow for it.
The post included a screenshot of a comment on her son’s Instagram account criticizing her fundraising efforts as “ridiculous and selfish.” Milano’s son, Milo Bugliari, defended his mother, expressing love and admiration for her.
Milano condemned the online harassment directed at her son, urging critics to refrain from targeting children. She emphasized that donations to the fundraiser were voluntary, and those who opposed contributing were under no obligation to do so.
Despite her critics, Milano received support from some Instagram users who commended her for teaching her children valuable life skills and responsibility. She also highlighted the fundraising efforts undertaken by her son and his teammates through activities like car washes and movie nights.
The GoFundMe campaign, which surpassed its $10,000 goal, was praised by Milano for providing assistance to the players and their families.
While the controversy surrounding Milano’s fundraising efforts continues to stir debate, her commitment to supporting her son’s baseball team remains unwavering.