At issue for many of Winter's followers is the fact that she shared a GoFundMe page set up on behalf of her cousin. Many of them don't understand why a television star who makes as much money as Winter does would ask her fans to pay for his care when she should be able to just do it out of her own pocket.
I'm shocked at how many people have sent me hate tweets about my cousin instead of a simple, kind message showing him some love and support. Nothing else needed to be done aside from that. I re-posted a gofundme that my cousin's friend made just as anyone else would. Hurtful.
Winter's "Modern Family" co-star, Sarah Hyland, did donate to that GoFundMe to the tune of $2,500. Hyland endured the same exact online abuse for sharing a GoFundMe for her cousin's funeral expenses in late 2018, with the backlash taking her off of social media for awhile.
There is also an anonymous donation of $5,000 for Winter's cousin, which some of Winter's fans believe is hers. The page has already surpassed its goal of $15,000, sitting at $18,815 as of this writing.
According to the page, Tino Tsutras was rushed to the hospital on Friday and "doctors have determined that it was something called Haemophilus Influenzae which could have led to untreatable and deadly bacterial Meningitis." The monies raised is to help with his living expenses as he will reportedly be out of work for some time.
At first, Winter engaged with her fans on the post where she shared the GoFundMe page, but quickly learned it was fruitless, as evidenced by the following:
No offense but like you obviously have the money if not all of it some of it to help your cousin so why are you asking your fans for the money
While some of her fans did come out in support of Winter using her platform to share the GoFundMe page created by Tino's friend, a large percentage of them came after her for simply not paying for everything herself. Some even argued with here about how much money she made.
Where did you get that info? A reputable source? Must not have been because neither of those things are true facts. I responded the way I did because this is a difficult time for my cousin and our whole family and it just adds more pain when someone is incredibly insensitive.
The bottom line for many is that Winter is rich and they are not so why on earth would she be coming to them to help her cousin out. Below are some of the "hate tweets" Winter continues to endure, though her latest post is bringing out far more supporters:
When people are struggling to earn enough money to pay rent, buy food, pay their own health insurance, I guess they get pretty annoyed at celebrities asking them to donate money pic.twitter.com/CGBKRS9M90
Isnt that Nothing but change money to you @arielwinter1 and your family?why ask fans that probably make minimum wage,you make millions already!15k you probably have that in ur purse for the weekend!smh