Our news feeds are usually inundated with all the latest drama, from pop culture celebrities to political leaders. But Sarah Silverman changed all that a couple days ago on Twitter. When Silverman could have responded with justified anger, she took the opportunity to give love and we’re all giving her a standing ovation.
In a response to a tweet made by Silverman (@SarahKSilverman), Twitter user, Jeremy Jamrozy, called Silverman the C-word. In today’s #METOO and #TIMESUP climate, Silverman could have easily come back at Jamrozy with righteous anger.
Instead, she took a closer look at Jamrozy’s profile (@jeremy_jamrozy) and saw a person, not just an anonymous Twitter troll.
Silverman discovered that intense physical back pain (several slipped discs, to be exact) was the reason for his anger and rage.
But when Silverman challenged him to “choose love” Jamrozy opened up, not only to Twitter, but to everyone else reading, that his pain came from a much deeper and darker place than his back injury.
He wrote “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 f*cked me up and I’m poor so its hard to get help.”
And just as this broken man and insulted woman could have chosen anger, Silverman kept pushing for love and positivity. She told him, “You deserve support” and “I see something in you. My gut tells me you could have a great life.” And “Don’t give up on yourself. Be brave enough to risk getting burned.”
But Silverman wasn’t just tweeting inspiring messages. Silverman went on to call out all the specialists based in San Antonio, Texas to help Jamrozy. The next day, he’d been contacted by @Airrosti, a treatment program that offered alternatives to surgery.
But Silverman didn’t just help this guy find treatment. She created a safe place for him, and made it clear that he is loved, important and worth fighting for.
It kind of makes us rethink the negative comments we see online, doesn’t it?