Those awkward pubescent photos that celebrities have been sharing to social media have really paid off. The #PuberMe initiative, started by Stephen Colbert and Nick Kroll last week, has raised $1 million for hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, The Late Show host announced Thursday.
For each star who shared a photo from that cringeworthy puberty phase accompanied by the hashtags #PuberMe and #PuertoRicoRelief, the AmeriCone Dream Fund, which receives the proceeds from Colbert's Ben & Jerry's Americone Dream ice cream flavor, donated $1,000 to One America Appeal. That's the hurricane relief effort spearheaded by former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Initially, on last night's Late Show, Colbert announced the social media campaign had raised $233,000. Kroll, who called in from Argentina, said he would contribute an additional $100,000 with the help of those who work on his Netflix animated series Big Mouth.
Then Colbert revealed that CBS chairman Leslie Moonves and the people at the network had "dug around in the Big Bang Theory's couch cushions" so they could match contributions, bringing the new total to $666,000. The late night host said on behalf of non-celebs who participated in #PuberMe he wanted to donate an additional $266,000 from The AmeriCone Dream Fund.
Kroll then said he and the Big Mouth crew would pledge another $67,000, bringing the total to $999,000. As Colbert was wishing for just one more #PuberMe photo to bring the tally up to a nice, even $1 million, Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared.
Miranda has been candid with his criticism of the government's reaction and efforts, and last weekend, he even tweeted that President Trump was "going straight to hell." Early Friday morning, he released a new song, Almost Like Praying which will benefit the Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund.
While the Hamilton creator didn't have an awkward photo to share, he did come equipped with a video in which a 13-year-old Miranda sang an original song about how much he hated returning to New York after being in Puerto Rico.
As Miranda put it, that video was recorded during "a dark year" when his face was "struggling to catch up with my nose." Nonetheless, Colbert was impressed.
"Lin-Manuel Miranda, that video is absolutely worth $1,000," he declared, "which means our new grand total is a whopping $1 million."
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