This has probably been an ethical dilemma for as long as the concept of money has existed: can ill-gotten funds or bad reputation funds be used wisely? This is the dilemma that people from the non-profit organization No Kid Hungry apparently felt they were facing when Tekashi 6ix9ine (real name: Daniel Hernandez) tried to send them $ 200,000 gift which they quickly rejected on character grounds.
TMZ reports that 6ix9ine recently grossed around $ 2 million in less than a week, thanks to both to the release of a new song and the launch of a new line of merchandise. Wanting to return a significant portion of this money, he chose an organization called No Kid Hungry, but an organization spokesperson struck out that 6ix9ine’s money was not good for them:
“We are grateful for the generous offer from Mr. Hernandez to donate to No Kid Hungry but have informed their representatives that we have refused this donation. As a child-focused campaign, our policy is to refuse to fund for donors whose activities do not match our mission and values. “
We are not sure what specifically drove No Kid Hungry to make this decision, but the reference to their “child-focused campaign” suggests that it has something to do with the fact that in 2015 6ix9ine pleaded guilty to the use of a child in a sexual performance, resulting from a video taken of a 13-year-old girl of which he says that he did not realize that she was a minor at the time.
6ix9ine contacted social media to respond:
“@nokidhungry prefers to get food out of the mouths of these innocent children that I have never seen anything so cruel.”
Some people are likely to disagree with the decision, no matter what it was made for, including Kevin Johnson, the executive director of another children’s hunger organization called Kooking 4 Kids. He told TMZ that his organization would be happy to take the money from 6ix9ine as long as they could use it to do their job:
“If there is someone who wants to help fight hunger in Los Angeles, we welcome that. How that person wants to live their life is up to them.”
6ix9ine and Kooking 4 Kids have not yet joined forces, but the latter organization seems ready to resist the fallout that could result from a donation of 6ix9ine.