In the age of social media, the lives of celebrities have been opened up to us in a way that people would have only dreamed about in past decades. Where celebs once only made occasional public appearances and kept their lives very private, now every even semi-famous person has at least Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and just about anything else you could imagine.
On the one hand, this is a pretty cool development that helps to humanize a lot of the people we look up to. We get to see that our idols are just as silly, flawed, and ultimately human as the rest of us, and sometimes we can even get an awesome shout-out from the people we look up to.
On the other hand, social media has led to waves of abuse being directed at people for the smallest of offenses, or even just for no reason at all. While some of this is just blown off as "trolling" by random people on the internet, a lot of it can get pretty personal and scary.
However, when comedian and actress Sarah Silverman found herself the target of yet another internet troll, she blew everyone away by doing the unthinkable: she decided to help the guy out with his issues.
Caution: the exchange contains foul language.
A Twitter user named Jeremy messaged Silverman just to call her the C-word, but instead of just blocking him or firing back with an uglier retort, she decided to look into what had him so angry.
I believe in you. 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 Fucking sux too. see what happens when u choose love. I see it in you.— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 29, 2017
The results were instantaneous and surprising. Jeremy opened up to Sarah, revealing that he had been assaulted by someone in his youth that "resembled Kevin Spacey," and that he'd been dealing with it ever since.
I can't choose love. A man that resembles Kevin spacey took that away when I was 8. I can't find peace if I could find that guy who ripped my body who stripped my innocence I'd kill him. He fucked me up and I'm poor so its hard to get help.— Jeremy jamrozy (@jeremy_jamrozy) December 29, 2017
Sarah responded back by offering help and support, and even took to her followers to try to find someone to help out with Jeremy's significant back problems.
I will go. But I trust no one I've been burned so many times. I'd give the shirt off my back and everytime I get burned. I'm super antisocial. I have no friends. I'm sorry I gave u shit.— Jeremy jamrozy (@jeremy_jamrozy) December 29, 2017
Seriously, she actually put her money where her mouth was.
Yo SAN ANTONIO! Any kickass back/neck care specialists willing 2 help my friend @jeremy_jamrozy He has several slipped discs, no insurance, & can't work bc of severe pain. Let's get him back on his feet!! Who's in?— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 29, 2017
Best of all, someone actually responded.
I was their Director of Finance for 6 years and my sister is a CRS there @lmarti25 I'll get her to reach out to him to get him in!— Jen Carriedo (@jcarriedo) December 29, 2017
We should all strive to be like Sarah, by trying to be the good we want to see in the world.