The comedian responded to a troll with genuine compassion and it was beautiful, touching even the heart of the troll himself.
Kindness and sensitivity wins encounter with internet troll
When a troll called comedian Sarah Silverman the C-word on Twitter, she responded with calm and collected kindness, and discovering he was in a lot of pain and eventually helping him pay for his medical bills. Needless to say, this gentle response caused the tweets to go viral.
Instead of ignoring troll or responding angrily, Silverman went in a different direction…
On Dec. 28, Twitter user Jeremy Jamrozy responded rudely to one of Silverman’s tweets where she was trying to reach out to a Trump supporter in the hope of understanding where they were coming from — reported Kellen Beck, for Mashable.
Instead of ignoring him or responding angrily, she went in a completely different direction, taking the two down a path that eventually led to her helping him take care of his medical expenses.
Jamrozy, it turns out, has several slipped discs in his spine, and with no insurance and no way to work through the pain, he is unable to cover the costs of fixing it on his own. Along with that, he was dealing with the trauma of an abuse he suffered when he was 8 years old, he told Silverman on Twitter.
After a series of back-and-forth messages, Silverman asked Jamrozy to go to a support group. He agreed to go, and apologised for being rude.
The conversation continued and grew friendlier and friendlier throughout the day, with Jamrozy telling Silverman he enjoys her comedy, is amazed by her love for humanity, and that she’s got herself a fan in him.
As for his back problems, Jamrozy went for a consultation to see what needed to be done to help him get back on his feet. It was not going to be a simple, cheap path to recovery, so Jamrozy started a GoFundMe campaign and Silverman gave him a shout out on her Twitter.
In an interview with My San Antonio, Jamrozy said Silverman offered to pay for his medical expenses. With donations coming in from people on his GoFundMe, Jamrozy was inspired to spread that money around to other people who need help in the San Antonio area where he lives.
"I was once a giving and nice person, but too many things destroyed that and I became bitter and hateful," Jamrozy told My San Antonio. "Then Sarah showed me the way. Don’t get me wrong, I still got a long way to go, but it’s a start."
How to Be Nice to a Mean Person
Let’s be honest, the last thing you probably want to give a mean person is your kindness. When someone makes rude comments to you or acts in hurtful ways, it can be tempting to give it right back. However, there’s truly no satisfaction like the satisfaction of being the bigger person. You have no control over the words and actions of other people, but you do have control over your own. By being nice to people who are mean, you become a person with integrity, compassion, and self-restraint.