Listening to Vicki talk about how her life was affected by cancer and how she really believed Brooks Ayers actually had cancer was tough to watch and aside from that it was obviously a poor PR move after all the negative press she had last year. I also did not understand the charity at all, but now it has been shut down (at least the website) and Vicki is doing what she can to backpedal and distance herself after hyping it up and starring in that awkward commercial.
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I don’t blame Vicki for not wanting to be associated with another messy situation, but I just don’t get why she didn’t see how this was so obviously going to fail from the beginning. Don’t get me wrong, I do have some sympathy for anyone who is constantly criticized and I feel like she was duped by Brooks to some extent, but I just don’t get why she ever got involved with this or went in this direction. Now she’s doing the most to make it seem like she wasn’t that involved with Kill All Cancer. (although she is listed on their not-for-profit incorporation papers in Florida as an officer from the very beginning)
It just seemed like way too much too soon for Vicki to be involved with anything cancer-related. I’m sure that this past year or so has been very difficult for her and she just wanted to clear her name, but this was not the way to do it. Vicki spoke out to Entertainment Tonight about the possible failed charitable effort.
KillAllCancer was supposed to benefit City of Hope National Medical Center– yes, the place that all of the Housewives were talking about last season, trying to figure out if Brooks was actually treated there. But then there were several reports that Kill All Cancer was not actually registered yet as a non-profit with California. Although, from what we’ve seen, they claim they were only funneling funds through Go Fund Me, which then would have given the money directly to City of Hope, which would have been above-board.
So why did Vicki shut down the organization instead of actually trying to make it better and turn it into an actual charity that could help people? The OG of the OC admitted, “I just shut it down because there was a lot of naysayers out there.” Well, yeah, this not-yet-an-official-charity isn’t going to do anything to get rid of the haters- if anything it’s going to rile those people up even more (so much so that a complaint was filed with the Attorney General of California).
Vicki also said, “I’m not going to do something that’s going to be criticized when I did it from a good place. And it wasn’t my charity. I was just a spokesperson for it. So it wasn’t mine.”
Hmmm, that’s interesting and I feel like that’s a much different tune than the one she was previously singing. And Entertainment Tonight came through with the receipts to call Vicki out! (editor’s note: see above regarding Vicki’s actual position with the company)
They came through with an old quote from Vicki about STARTING A CHARITY: “I have people and relatives that have died of cancer, and it’s way too serious for me. I’ve actually started a charity called Kill All Cancer … I’m giving back to research and to people that are suffering with cancer or suffer with cancer. We have wristbands, and it’s a transparent charity, and I’m gonna turn this all around and make good for it. Fifty percent of us are gonna be diagnosed with cancer. It’s not funny.”
HAHAHA. Is she serious? That is way different than what Vicki is saying today – to the SAME news outlet. Did she really think that wasn’t going to come up?
I don’t blame Vicki for shutting down KillAllCancer, but acting like she was never a part of it after she previously took ownership just is not a good look. I really doubt that Vicki was actually trying to scam people. Vicki has her faults, but I really don’t think she was setting up a fake charity or anything – she looks awful now for being involved with another cancer-related mess. She needs to step back and think before she jumps in with both feet on new projects, especially cancer-related ones that she knows won’t be received well.
TELL US – WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VICKI DISTANCING HERSELF FROM KILLALLCANCER? ARE YOU STILL AS CONFUSED AS WE ARE ABOUT WHAT EXACTLY THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AND DO?
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