Sarah Silverman took the decision to show kindness to a total stranger who called her "c***" on Twitter - with surprising results.
After tweeting that she was always "open" to trying to understand the beliefs and motivations of Trump supporters, Twitter user Jeremy Jamrozy responded with the vulgar term; Silverman chose to confront her troll, but not with anger.
“I believe in you,” Silverman wrote to him instead. “I read ur timeline & I see what ur doing & your rage is thinly veiled pain. But u know that. I know this feeling. Ps My back F*cking sux too. see what happens when u choose love. I see it in you.”
From that point on, the pair engaged in sincere dialogue about Jamrozy's own difficult past and the anger it ignited in him. "You don't deserve punishment," the comedian wrote. "You deserve support. Go to one of these support groups You might meet ur best bros there."
Jamrozy ended the exchange by apologising for his attack and promising he'd seek help for his issues, as Silverman added: "Don't give up on yourself. Be brave enough to risk getting burned. It's what happens when u fight for yourself. But it's worth it. I promise."
She then turned to her 12.3 million followers, sharing his GoFundMe page with them and asking whether they could help him find a specialist. Jamrozy told mySA.com that Silverman has now offered to pay for the man's medical treatment and that he, in turn, will use the money he'd already raised to help others who need help.
"I was once a giving and nice person, but too many things destroyed that and I became bitter and hateful," Jamrozy said. "Then Sarah showed me the way. Don't get me wrong, I still got a long way to go, but it's a start."
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