Melissa McCarthy apologizes for supporting anti-abortion group Exodus Cry in HBO Max Charity Drive: ‘We Blew It’

Melissa McCarthy and HBO Max have announced they are withdrawing their support for evangelical nonprofit Exodus Cry as part of their “20 Days of Kindness” fundraising campaign.

“There’s no other way to say it: we messed it up,” McCarthy said in a video posted to Instagram Thursday night. “We made a mistake and we supported a charity which, upon closer examination, is everything we don’t do.”

“I want to thank everyone on social media who said, ‘What are you doing? Are you sure you want to support this? McCarthy continued. “Because the answer is, ‘No, we don’t.'”

HBO Max kicked off “20 Days of Kindness” on Tuesday, linking it to World Kindness Day on Friday and the upcoming Thanksgiving release of McCarthy’s new film. Superintelligence. But Exodus Cry stood out from other charities.

The Daily Beast’s Tarpley Hitt exclusively reported Thursday that Exodus Cry bills itself as an anti-sex trafficking group, but is actually working to abolish sex work altogether. Its founder, Benjamin Nolot, called abortion a “holocaust” and homosexuality “an indescribable offense against God,” Hitt noted. The group has spent years lobbying to criminalize buying sex and recently launched a campaign to shut down Pornhub.

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