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Why are HBO and Melissa McCarthy raising funds for Exodus Cry, an anti-abortion group?

To promote Super intelligence, Melissa McCarthy’s latest movie about saving the world from an AI designed to look like James Corden, HBO Max plans to donate $ 20,000 to a conservative evangelical organization – whose founder called abortion of “holocaust” and homosexuality “an indescribable offense against God” – which aims to abolish the commercial sex industry.

The contribution is part of a 20-day HBO Max campaign linked to World Kindness Day and the release of Super intelligence on Thanksgiving called “20 Days of Kindness.” The fundraising event, which kicked off on Tuesday, will spotlight a cause each day and encourage viewers to donate, with HBO Max injecting $ 20,000 each day.

“We decided to have fun and do some good by spreading some kindness to this world,” the campaign website read. “This is why we are offering a Tesla Model X (Carol’s ride from Super intelligence) and a virtual hookup with Melissa McCarthy herself to raise funds for some amazing organizations.

One of those organizations is Exodus Cry, an evangelical group that The Daily Beast has talked a lot about, which advertises itself as an anti-sex trafficking organization but, according to the mission statement set out in their 2018 tax returns, aims to ultimately to abolish sex work entirely. The nonprofit emerged from the far-right conservative church, the International House of Prayer (their acronym is indeed IHOP), whose founder, former Ted Cruz godfather Mike Bickle, claimed that “Homosexuals would be faced with” fiery missiles of Evil. One ”and that Adolf Hitler was a“ hunter ”sent by God to punish the Jews.

Former IHOP member Benjamin Nolot founded Exodus Cry in 2007, portraying it as an apolitical, albeit deeply religious, group dedicated to ending sex trafficking globally. They produced documentaries on prostitution and the supposed dangers of hookup culture, one of which ended up on Netflix. In truth, the organization has spent years lobbying Washington to pass laws criminalizing buying sex. Most recently, they launched the #Traffickinghub campaign to shut down Pornhub. The campaign was co-sponsored by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), a nonprofit organization formerly known as Morality in Media – “The Nation’s Strongest Voice Against Adult Pornography” in the early 2000s.

Many other beneficiaries are more familiar. When the campaign began on Tuesday, it highlighted the STEM nonprofit Girls Who Code. On Wednesday, the recipient was Team Rubicon, an organization that employs veterans to help ease humanitarian crises. The next few days will feature Planned Parenthood, the National Coalition for the Homeless, the Human Rights Campaign and Teach for America, to name a few.

It’s still unclear how the anti-abortion organization ended up on HBO Max’s, which also includes women’s health non-profit Planned Parenthood. The streaming service, McCarthy and Nolot did not respond to requests for comment.

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