Kal Penn was spurred to raise $800,000 for Syrian Refugees after receiving a racist tweet about his Indian Heritage
After receiving racist tweet about Indian Heritage, Kal Penn, the star of Harold and Kumar films and son of Indian immigrants to the US, responded by raising $800,000 for Syrian refugees.
The Fundraising Page
Penn set up a fundraising page on Crowdrise to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee in order to help Syrian refugees.
This charity had recently launched an emergency appeal in order to help refugees in the US, especially following President Donald Trump’s recent indefinite ban of Syrian refugees from America.
Penn said in a tweet: “To the dude who said I don’t belong in America, I started a fundraising page for Syrian Refugees in your name.”
Penn initially set up the page “as an uplifting way to raise $2,500.” However, when it went live on January 28th, even more funds were donated, with over 20,000 donors as of yet.
Penn said his aim is to “continue to show the world that the American people care very much for everybody, especially refugees, contrary to what our current administration is trying to do in our names. What a beautiful way to resist and show some love.”
About Kal Penn
Kal Penn is best known for his role in the Harold and Kumar film series as well as his role in the medical TV series, House.
His real name is Kalpen Suresh Modi, and was born and raised to Indian immigrants in New Jersey.
As well as being a famous actor, Penn was also pretty politically active.
He was a vocal supporter of Barack Obama, and was given a position as Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in 2009.