News flash. Trolls use the relative anonymity of social media to be absolute assholes for no apparent reason. Celebrities often tire of the bashing. Some can dish it out just as well, if not better, than the trolls. This, though, is different. It is an example of a celebrity being better than the troll.
Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt has seen his fair share of hardship. After his wife’s death, he shared his grieving and the difficulty he has with parenting alone. His openness has earned him the respect of many.
But not everyone. “Twitter user Michael Beatty had replied to Oswalt’s response to one of Trump’s tweet with ‘I just realized why I was so happy you died in Blade Trinity!’ and ‘And you shoot basketball ike [sic] the sawed off little man you are’,” Upworthy writes.
The Tweets, as mean spirited as they were, would have been easy–very easy–to ignore. But Oswalt didn’t ignore them.
He did a bit of research. “Aw, man,” Oswalt wrote to his followers. “This dude just attacked me on Twitter and I joked back but then I looked at his timeline and he’s in a LOT of trouble health-wise. I’d be pissed off too. He’s been dealt some shitty cards — let’s deal him some good ones. Click and donate — just like I’m about to.”
Beatty has had a rough time. He’d been hospitalized for two weeks for sepsis. He’s diabetic, and can’t get the disease under control. He’d even set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover his bills.
“Oswalt donated $2000 himself toward the man’s $5000 goal,” Upworthy adds. “A mere few hours later, his followers pushed it over $12,000.”
Beatty was quite surprised.
“Patton,” he wrote. “You have humbled me to the point where I can barely compose my words. You have caused me to take pause and reflect on how harmful words from my mouth could result in such an outpouring. Thank you for this and I will pass this on to my cousin who needs help. A cascade.”
This, in all of the bickering and turmoil that has come to define this era, is the definition of kindness. Oswalt’s gesture of forgiveness won’t soon be forgiven.