Billionaire Jeff Bezos announced Tuesday he’s shelling out a massive amount of his own cash to two men: the controversial CNN contributor Van Jones and celebrity chef José Andrés, each of them getting $100 million to direct to the charities of their choice.
In a surprise at the end of a media conference following his successful trip to sub-orbital space, the Amazon and Blue Origin founder unveiled his new “Courage and Civility Award,” which he said “recognizes leaders who aim high and who pursue solutions with courage and who always do so with civility.” Recipients receive $100 million to give away to charities or non-profits of their choice, and Bezos said awardees may direct all the funds to their own non-profits or “spread the wealth” to other organizations.
The move came minutes after his backlash-drawing comments that he wanted “to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all this. So seriously, for every Amazon customer out there, and every Amazon employee, thank you from the bottom of my heart, very much.” Some hit back at him on Twitter, demanding a “refund.”
Jones has been an especially divisive public figure. The left-wing CNN commentator once dubbed himself a “communist” and previously called former President Donald Trump’s election a “‘White-lash.’ This was a ‘White-lash’ against a changing country. It was a ‘White-lash’ against a Black president, in part.” In another segment, he took aim at the National Rifle Association, essentially linking it to the Ku Klux Klan:… (Read more)