These days, Red Hat stills pays its GNOME devs, plus a few more as budgets allow. All the other companies cut their budgets and stopped paying GNOME devs.
So, now people say GNOME is 'owned by Red Hat', even though Red Hat doesn't do anything different than it's ever done. We pay some GNOME developers' paychecks. There used to be lots of other people who did this too. They decided to stop doing that. And somehow that makes us the bad guys?
(note: this is simplified - the 'Red Hat owns GNOME' meme isn't even really true as far as it goes, there are still plenty of people working on GNOME who aren't paid by RH. but insofar as it's "true" that RH pays more GNOME devs proportionally than it used to, the reason is as above: other companies don't do it as much as they used to. Are we supposed to fire people until we're 'back in proportion'?)