Amid the bushfire crisis currently burning across Australia, a number of different celebrities and high-profile figures have been pledging generous sums of money towards helping the struggling country and its people.
And the latest figure to donate is Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, who has pledged $690,000 towards the cause. However, people are not impressed and are all saying the same thing about his "embarrassing" donation...
Australia is being ravished by one of the worst bush fire crises the world has seen in decades.
New South Wales is suffering immensely at the moment.
via: Getty ImagesThere have been fires reported in every state, but New South Wales is truly taking a beating by bush fires and is undoubtedly the hardest hit. More than 5,900 buildings have now been destroyed.
The raging fires have had a devastating impact...
Twenty-nine people have been confirmed to have died in the fires since they started...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding several volunteer firefighters.
And it's not just the flames themselves that are having deadly consequences...
via: Getty ImagesLast month, the smoke was so bad in Sydney that air quality measured eleven times the "hazardous" level, CNN reports.
The Australian fire services have been stretched to their limits.Firefighters all over the country have been tirelessly battling the formidable blazes and are struggling to contain them.
People have been desperately fleeing to beaches for cover.
Australian Bushfires The surreal scene at Currarong in Jervis Bay with huge plumes from the northern flank of the… https://t.co/aB0ZUf6TYU— Liliane Breuning (@Liliane Breuning)1577965325.0
The fires have also had a devasting impact on wildlife.
via: Getty ImagesSeveral of Australia's native species have been affected including kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, possums, wombats, and echidnas.
Koalas have been amongst the hardest hit.
A staggering number of animals have died as a result of the fires.
via: Getty ImagesAnd its only set to get worse. But the number that surfaced this week is utterly heartbreaking.
Over a billion animals have now died.Ecologists from the University of Sydney have said that it's thought around 480 million mammals, birds, and reptiles have died since September.
It's a heartbreaking statistic.
via: GettyBut, despite the devastating reality of what is happening to the country, not all hope is gone.
Australia has been forced to make a global call for help...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it was Canada that was the first to respond and take action. The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, based in Winnipeg, answered the call for help after realizing the bush fire situation is expected to continue for many more weeks and gave up their Christmas to help fight the raging fires.
Other countries offered their assistance...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding the U.S. and New Zealand, who have sent in more firefighters to try and help tackles the blazes.
And now, many famous faces have joined the fight.
I am totally devastated watching what is happening in Australia right now with the horrific bushfires. I am pledgin… https://t.co/uBcK7KoXY9— P!nk (@P!nk)1578120356.0
A tremendous amount of money has been raised so far...Celeste Barber.
The high volume of generosity from celebrities and members of the public, alike, has been truly heartwarming.
via: GettyAnd millions of dollars have now been raised as a result of people's kindness and generosity.
And the latest celebrity to make a donation is Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos.
via: GettyBezos, who has been ranked as the richest man in the world with a net worth of over $110 billion, has, quite surprisingly, joined the star-studded bill of generous donators.
Now, his donation comes as a bit of a surprise...
via: GettyBecause Bezos doesn't have the best track record when it comes to sharing his wealth... Or with his ethics, for that matter.
Bezos provides a notoriously low standard of employee working conditions...
via: GettyAnd, over the last couple of years, more and more stories of Amazon workers being forced to work unethical hours for ridiculously low wages have been emerging.
It emerged that staff members were being forced to work over sixty hours per week...
via: GettyWhile the starting pay for these workers was as low as $10 an hour. Statistics showed that, in 2017, the median Amazon employee earned just under $28,500, according to company filings - Bezos earned $1.7 million that year.
Oh, and Amazon paid $0 in federal taxes last year.
via: GettyDespite Amazon being one of the most valuable companies in the world, valuing in at nearly $800 billion and pulling in $232.9 billion in global revenue in 2018, they paid absolutely nothing in federal tax last year.
So, as you can imagine...
via: GettyBezos is a pretty controversial figure in the business world, and many have slammed the CEO as a "selfish" and "evil" man.
But he must have been feeling unusually generous this week...
via: GettyBecause the business tycoon took to social media over the weekend to announce that he had, in fact, pledged a donation to the cause.
He has given $690,000 U.S dollars to the cause.
But people are not impressed.
This is approximately how much money Jeff Bezos accrues in 3 minutes. https://t.co/jGmkFCGSvY— Jeff Bezos Math (@Jeff Bezos Math)1578875009.0
Many have called out the CEO for his donation...
There are celebrities donating millions to fight this thing, enormous portions of their net worth. And yet, Jeff… https://t.co/kFxS3AVRRF— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1578872791.0
Many have compared his measly donation to charitable acts made by other celebrities...Like Nick Cave, who made a very similar donation with a net worth of $8 million... Which is nothing next to Bezos' $110 billion.
And others pointed out his previous spending habits...
He spent $10 million on a Super Bowl ad last year... https://t.co/FZbRgcaBgh— Greg Price (@Greg Price)1578871117.0
It's hard not to compare Jeff's half-hearted donation to that of others...
Elton John donated $1 million Chris Hemsworth donated $1 million Kylie Jenner donated $1 million for fucks sake… https://t.co/JVrueKbYYe— Albert MacGloan ➐ (@Albert MacGloan ➐)1578877157.0