We know that Robert Griffin, III, AKA RGIII is getting married to longtime girlfriend Rebecca Liddicoat sometime this summer. We also know they have several public wedding registries. It was reported that fans were buying items off their registry, and recent reports of fans actually buying wedding gifts for the soon-to-be-newlyweds have come with alot of criticism. As usual, the social media space was the sounding board. Via Twitter, many critics said RGIII accepting the gifts was just appalling:
@RGIII should give back the gifts or donate them to charity. Why on earth would a sport star have a public wedding gift registry?
Why are all these Redskins fans sending @RGIII wedding gifts? He’s the multi-millionaire he should be sending you all gifts
@RGIII what you should do is donate the combined value of all the gifts to charity..actually double it.
Nice to know that so many people who probably wouldn’t give can of soup for food drive will buy new sheets for RGIII. http://bit.ly/17TQkN0
So what did RGIII have to say about all this backlash and criticism? Well, he doesn’t feel bad about accepting the gifts. He responded in Twitter:
Because you are rich you are not allowed to receive gifts and any gifts you receive should be donated to charity????#WOW Smh…
So what exactly is proper etiquette here? Well, usually celebrities who receive gifts from fans donate them to a charity or other non-profit organization. They may also ask for monies to be donated to their favorite or designated charity in lieu of gifts. But is it really wrong for him to accept the gifts?
Well, not really. Given the nature of some crazy people in the world, I don’t know if I’d accept gifts from people outside of my personal circle, but to each his own.
RGIII can accept these gifts. He IS accepting gifts.
I guess I need to put a Jersey Girl Sports t-shirt in the mail.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,