Kim Kardashian says "giving comes from the heart" -- even if it ends up going into her bank account. Just days after fans slammed "sleazy," "greedy" Kim Kardashian for giving just 10% of her online charity auction proceeds to Philippines relief, the reality star is speaking out to defend herself and insist, "The people of the Philippines need all of our help, no matter how big or small."
Kardashian had said that "proceeds from her eBay auction would go directly to the communities ... in the Phillippines and help typhoon survivors get access to medical care." When it was revealed that she was donating only 10% of proceeds, she was widely criticized.
Tuesday, Kardashian finally spoke out on her Celebuzz blog.
"I feel compelled to speak about something that is in my head and my heart," she wrote. "Over the years, I’ve had to grow a thick skin. Being in the public eye, there are times I feel like I get criticized for any and everything I do. I’m used to it now. I just choose not to feed into negativity or become consumed by it."
"The problem comes in when I get attacked for giving and trying to help people," Kardashian continued. "My dad always taught me the importance of giving back. I don’t publicize everything I do to help charities and people all over the world. I do it because I want to. I do it because my dad taught me to. I do it because it’s the right thing to do. So for people to attack me for giving 10% of my eBay auction sales to the people of the Philippines, that hurts."
"I do eBay auctions monthly and change the charity or church from time to time," she insisted. "I give 10% of all my earnings to charities, not just these eBay auctions. This month it’s for the people of the Philippines, last month was Life Change Community Church."
Furthermore, she insists, earmarking 10% of sales for charity doesn't mean that she ends up with 90% of the auction proceeds. "In regards to these eBay auctions, when the eBay numbers get broken down, the auction management agency that posts for me gets a percentage for all of their hard work, then eBay listing fees, end of auction fees, eBay Store fees, Paypal fees, etc., all add up to about half of the sale," Kardashian explained. "Then I give 10% to a charity. Truth is how the # is broken down, is neither here nor there. The people of the Philippines need all of our help, no matter how big or small."
She concluded, "Over the last 5+ years, I have listed thousands of items on eBay Giving Works for various causes. I will continue to do what is in my heart and am happy to know many others have enjoyed purchasing from me, as they too are giving with me. Giving comes from the heart. We all need to be reminded of this as we celebrate the holiday season this year."
Do you agree or do you think Kardashian should be giving more of her "charity" auction proceeds to actual charities? Let us know in the comments!