Trolls really are just the worst and while it is often best ignoring them, sometimes it is hard to resist the temptation to respond.
Which is exactly what actor Jonah Hill found out earlier today (February 27) when one comment on his Instagram particularly angered him.
Only three hours ago (at time of writing), Hill took to Instagram to share a poster graphic designer Daniel Devoy had created for his feature-length directorial debut Mid90s.
Clearly touched by the gesture, Hill commented in the caption ‘it means so much when artists are inspired to make stuff like this because of our movie’.
While the majority of the comments on the post either praised Hill’s film Mid90s or showed some love for the poster, there is always the odd troll, quite often hiding behind the anonymity social media allows.
Instagram user ‘afools_watch’ is one of these anonymous trolls, choosing to cruelly slam Hill in the comments section on the post, seemingly for no particular reason.
The troll wrote:
You are such a f*cking poser pompous douchebag. You were a fat nerd when you were a kid, and the fact you think you were a skater isn’t being true to yourself.
Embrace that you were a dork and be real.
Hill’s film Mid90s, which is set in 1990s Los Angeles, follows a 13-year-old boy as he starts hanging out with an older group of skateboarders.
While the story isn’t autobiographical, the movie is influenced by Hill’s childhood memories of skateboarding and listening to hip-hop music.
The comment clearly frustrated Hill, who chose to respond confirming he was both a ‘skater’ and a ‘fat nerd’ as a kid.
I was both. That is being true to myself. This is just a poster I appreciated from someone who enjoyed our film.
I can tell you are in a lot of pain. That must feel sh*tty. Hit me up if you need to talk. Anger is just sadness held in too long. I’m here for you dude.
Nicely done Jonah, nicely done.
Hill didn’t stop there, then sharing a screenshot of the conversation in a separate Instagram post.
In the caption he explained that although at first ‘it sucks to read’ comments from trolls, he understands it is just anger redirected.
He then said he wants to keep to his promise of talking to ‘people in pain’, adding he will donate as much of his ‘free time to this as possible’.
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I see a lot of anger on here. At first it sucks to read and then I realize it’s just the pain of that person repackaged and redirected. I want to keep my word to offer to talk to people in pain and will donate as much of my free time to this as possible. But I’m realizing there are more than I can personally handle. Maybe there’s a way to structure this so there’s a number you can call and just talk to people with that anger and pain instead of doing something negative with it. I’m down to give as much of my free time as possible to this endeavor but maybe some of you can help me start something for real. If anyone has any experience with this kind of thing maybe we can start a service and all volunteer ? I don’t know. This is just a thought and I’d love to explore a way to do it with any of you out there. Let me know. Thanks.
The actor and director then called on others to help him in this venture, suggesting that together a ‘service’ could be started.
I’m realising there are more than I can personally handle. Maybe there’s a way to structure this so there’s a number you can call and just talk to people with that anger and pain instead of doing something negative with it.
I’m down to give as much of my free time as possible to this endeavour but maybe some of you can help me start something for real. If anyone has any experience with this kind of thing maybe we can start a service and all volunteer? I don’t know. This is just a thought and I’d love to explore a way to do it with any of you out there.
It is certainly a lovely gesture and idea, but one I am sure trolls will criticise in the comments. They really do just need to stop!
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.