As most of us know, a three-year old girl by the name of Victoria Wilcher who is recovering from a severe pitbull attack in which she lost an eye was reportedly asked to leave a KFC restaurant in Jackson, MS. because her appearance was ‘scaring other customers’.
A GoFundMe account has been created by her aunt in hopes of raising money to pay for her medical expenses and “everyday care”. Before the KFC incident, the donations tallied an estimated $300; however, the current amount donated through the GoFundMe account (as of Monday, June 23rd) is over $135,000.
This upsets a lot of people. There are people who are skeptical that Victoria and her grandmother were ever asked to leave the restaurant. KFC has even stated that they can’t internally prove that the incident occurred.
And you know what? It doesn’t matter! It doesn’t matter if the incident never occurred. It doesn’t matter if the grandmother is lying. It doesn’t matter if the grandmother is exaggerating. It doesn’t matter that people are sending in money without knowing the whole story. What matters is Victoria.
This isn’t a story about someone falsely being discriminated against due to their sexual preference or due to the color of their skin. This isn’t an individual who should just put on their big boy pants and move on. This is a story of a child who has had her innocence and beauty taken away from her in a horrific manner.
Whether the KFC incident occurred or not, it doesn’t matter. What’s just as sad as little Victoria being disfigured is the fact that it took an alleged incident to take place for people to give money to this little girl’s recovery. It’s sad that people are more concerned about what the grandmother is accusing than Victoria’s well-being. We’re constantly seeing people saying things like, “This has scam written all over it” and “sounds like a cash grab”.
Maybe the grandmother is lying. Maybe the incident at KFC is being exaggerated. Maybe the family sees all the dollar signs and greed is ringing it’s bell. We don’t know. What we do know is that a little girl is disfigured.
What matters is Victoria.