A TikToker has doubled down on his family’s claim that they don’t have the money to cover his medical bills after he fell off a Hawaii waterfall during an illegal hike.
Caleb Coffee, 18, and his influencer family sparked backlash after his father Jason Coffee asked for $100,000 in donations to pay for his medical expenses.
The teen, who has 11 million followers on TikTok and a million on Instagram, hit back in a video from his hospital bed on Sunday, insisting: ‘I don’t have the money to pay for this, and my family doesn’t have five houses and a mansion.’
But Caleb is known for posing online alongside his father in social media posts which endorse various big-name brands including Nerf, the toy gun maker and Discover Plus, the streaming service.
The GoFundMe has raised more than $27,000 at the time of publication on Monday.
TikToker Caleb Coffee has doubled down on his family’s claims that they don’t have the money to cover his medical bills after he fell on a Hawaii hiking trail closed to the public
The TikTok star with over 11 million followers on the social media site is currently in an ICU after falling off a cliff and right into a bed of lava rocks in Hawaii
In his video responding to the backlash, Caleb said: ‘I don’t want to address this, but I kind of have to cause there’s so many people taking, and I just want to start by saying social media has a lot of misinformation out there.
‘What I can tell you is – I don’t have the money to pay for this, and my family doesn’t have five houses and a mansion, we just have one house.
‘And I might have been doing social media for 10, 15 years, but that doesn’t have anything to do with where I’m at in my life right now.
‘I’m simply a human asking for help, and you can help me or you can not help me, that is your choice, but if you could jut take half a second and put yourself in my shoes.’
Caleb, whose face still shows bruising and stitching, added that his sister created the GoFundMe as her way to help when ‘she wasn’t sure’ her brother would even survive.
He concluded: ‘I just want to be able to live my life after this and not be in debt.
‘If you wanna help me, thank you, if not, no worries, but please think before you speak and speak kindly about others because that’s really all you have – what you say.’
The teen slipped and fell off a 60-80ft cliff onto lava rock before being airlifted to the hospital on Wednesday.
His response comes after his father Jason shared the GoFundMe, writing: ‘Unfortunately Caleb did not have medical insurance and we can not afford these medical bills that is why we are making this go fund me. We thank you for your prayers, Mahalos.’
The family first said Caleb’s injuries included a spinal fracture but then shared an update saying ‘thankfully [he] does not have any neck or spinal injuries.
Caleb’s dad Jason – who’s posted Instagram ads for huge corporations including Kellogg’s, Nintendo, Discovery and Jimmy Dean – has proudly monetized his children and turned them into a brand, boasts 765,000 followers on Instagram.
He regularly posts adverts of him grinning from ear-to-ear while selling junk food, dog food, computer games, streaming services and breakfast cereal.
The family were paid to promote Discovery’s then-new streaming channel – Discovery Plus, with their pedigree puppy even roped into the performance
The trio partnered with Nerf to promote a new model of Nerf Blaster gun, with Jason Coffee seen flashing his trademark grin
Caleb should make a recovery from his injuries, which he incurred while hiking through an area that members of the public are banned from visiting. But the Coffees’ brazen beg for cash has angered many followers, who’ve watched the family regularly post adverts that will likely have earned them tens-of-thousands of dollars apiece.
‘You clearly aren’t a poor family. Why should we be paying for Caleb’s healthcare when you were too irresponsible to insure him?’ wrote Steven Pierce, a London-based food influencer and journalist.
‘NO WAY YALL SET UP A GO FUND me,’ wrote another.
DailyMail.com has been unable to confirm the Coffees’ address in Hawaii, but the family regularly flaunt their luxury lifestyle, with daughter Peyton seen unboxing a brand new iPhone in one showy clip.
Caleb and his sister Peyton, who has 2.4million Instagram followers and 16million on TikTok, are frequent participants in paid advertisements shared mainly on their father, Jason Coffee’s, page.
The family has been documenting parts of their lives online for years, and the two oldest children especially have accumulated enormous followings of people interested in following their various outdoor adventures.
Caleb, in particular, is known for his dramatic physical stunts and intense focus on physical fitness.
Recently, the family moved back to Hawaii from Texas, where they’d lived for a few years previously.
Though the family’s precise financials are unknown, responses rolled in from users who seemed surprised the family would be in need of assistance.
Jason Coffee has been an online influencer of sorts for nearly two decades.
He began including his children in his content when they were very young and he still had a Vine account.
It’s unclear how much they make from posting ads on their accounts, but content creators can usually expect to be paid between $0.10 to $0.30 per ad view.
Ads posted to Jason’s Instagram tend to receive several thousand likes.
Caleb’s TikTok videos are usually seen several million times.