Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took issue with a recent report addressing his financial commitment to Maui following last year’s devastating wildfires.

Johnson described Nick Sortor’s report as “toxic, disingenuous clickbait garbage.” Johnson rejected the way the report framed his recent appearance at a WWE press conference in Las Vegas. A video of the event in question showed attendees booing the 51-year-old wrestler and actor.

Sortor suggested that the negative crowd reaction was due to Johnson failing to fulfill his promise to help provide financial support to the Hawaiian island.

“Dwayne Johnson promised TENS OF MILLIONS to victims of the Maui fires, but many victims still haven’t seen a dime,” he wrote on X, the company formerly known as Twitter.

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September 8, 2022; Inglewood, California, United States; American actor Dwayne Johnson attends the game between the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

The journalist then claimed that “many” victims had not received any financial relief from the WWE superstar.

“Dwayne Johnson promised TENS OF MILLIONS to victims of the Maui fires, but many victims still haven’t seen a dime,” Sortor wrote.

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Although it is difficult to clearly decipher the chants, the journalist claimed that the crowd’s screams were directly related to the alleged Maui wildfire donation discrepancy.

“The crowd started booing and chanting ‘MAUI! MAUI! MAUI!” MAKE IT HAPPEN!'”

Last year, Johnson, along with media mogul Oprah Winfrey, launched the “Maui People’s Fund” to help those negatively affected by the wildfires. Johnson and Winfrey boosted the campaign by making an initial donation of $10 million. However, negative reactions have increased in the weeks and months since the fund was launched in August 2023.

Johnson decided to address the controversy last October.

“I could have been better, and next time I’ll be better,” the WWE superstar said at the time.

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February 18, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; XFL owner Dwayne Johnson on the sidelines during the first half between the Vegas Vipers and the Arlington Renegades at Choctaw Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports)

Johnson also decided to respond to Sortor’s claim, but this time he took a much more forceful approach.

“I normally refrain from responding to toxic, disingenuous clickbait garbage like this because I hate dignifying idiots with a response, but when you use the tragic events in Hawaii to draw attention to yourself, I will not stay silent,” Johnson wrote on x.

“This moment you’re referring to is from our WWE press conference last Thursday, where I turned ‘heel,’ wrestling slang for bad guy. I’m toying with our crowd while they boo. It’s what we do in our WWE universe, and we all loved every second of it.”

Wildfire devastation on Maui

In an aerial view, burned structures and cars are seen nearly two months after a devastating wildfire on October 7, 2023 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Johnson also provided some clarification on the amount of money the fund has provided for bushfire victims. He also mentioned that he traveled to Hawaii and challenged Sortor to visit the island state.

“Our Maui People’s Fund has already GIVEN over $50 MILLION DOLLARS to more than 8,000 survivors who were affected by the fires, and I am deeply grateful that we have been the primary funder,” Johnson wrote.

“Nick, instead of posting things like this that you know are false, I encourage you to post something positive for Hawaii, for our Polynesian American people. Or actually take positive action and come to Hawaii to help in an uplifting way. I’m in Hawaii now and I guarantee you’ll get great content that can really make a difference in people’s lives. Really.”

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