Elgort captioned the photo, “OnlyFans LINK IN BIO,” but instead the link in his bio was linked to a GoFundMe fundraiser to raise money for Brooklyn For Life!, an initiative raising funds to deliver meals to the Brooklyn front-line workers.
“Our goal is to fund each Brooklyn for Life! restaurant, enabling them to provide – at no cost to the recipients – at least 75-100 meals per day for delivery to the Brooklyn frontlines of this pandemic,” the GoFundMe page reads.
The fundraiser is also working with Greene Bites, a bodega across the street from a Brooklyn hospital, to provide “a $500 per day allowance, so that anyone walking in with a Brooklyn Hospital ID gets food & drink on the house.”
“We’ll keep Brooklyn’s grills & ovens hot to feed our community healthcare warriors and keep some of our vital local small businesses and members of their staff afloat in tough times,” the page’s description read.
“Get these healthcare workers and first responders some good local eats. Get some revenue flowing to local faves. Lift up community. It’s who we are.”
The money raised from the GoFundMe “will be used to provide meals from Brooklyn for Life! partner restaurants to the men and women on the frontlines.”
After Elgort posted the naked photo, taken by his father, famous photographer Arthur Elgort, many fans took to social media to applaud his charity efforts.
The Fault in Our Stars actor joked that the link in his bio was for his OnlyFans account, which is a subscription-based website where models and social media influencers can monetize explicit content.
me @ ansel elgort for posting nudes fora charity cause https://t.co/A5atF2EbYr
— sof 💓 (@honeydipsofie) April 21, 2020
Ansel elgort posting nudes so people can donate money to charity….we stan the right man
— Presh ⁷ bangteez/busy with school (@eternal_jungkoo) April 21, 2020
because he’s trending here’s appreciation post for the king whom dropped his crown… for posting a thirst trap for a charity. STAN ANSEL ELGORT pic.twitter.com/uvSGYlcYHs
— MyaAnn (fan acc) (@myadiablo) April 21, 2020
ansel elgort knows how to get them $$ for charity pic.twitter.com/jo5S9tRGcr
— 𝓛𝓲𝓵𝓲𝓻𝓸𝓼𝓮 𝓚𝓲𝓶🌼 (@lilirosekim) April 21, 2020
Elgort revealed that Instagram asked him to take his photo down after it was posted online for several hours.
The Billionaire Boys Club actor said Instagram made him delete the photo from his page because of its guidelines against nudity.
“Sorry if I offended anybody but we did a good thing,” Elgort said in a video posted to his Instagram Story after deleting the photo.
The Brooklyn for Life! fundraiser has already raised over $210,000 as of Wednesday morning.
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