Patton Oswalt Donates Cash To Troll Who Viciously Attacked Him Online
American comedian and actor Patton Oswalt has become one of those celebrities you can count on to provide helpful comments – often insightful, sometimes just funny – on social media.
The 49-year-old is particularly active on Twitter, where he delights in replying to trolls, Donald Trump, and random questions from fans.
Like one which, as I said, is not particularly insightful, just rather funny:
You like pomes? I like pomes too! Here’s a pome I wroted:
ROSES ARE RED
TOMMY SHAW WAS IN STYX
YOU’RE GOING TO RESIGN
EAT A BUCKET OF DICKS
A lot of the time, though, Oswalt tweets more considered responses (not that this poem isn’t considered of course…).
For example, when Vietnam veteran and Trump supporter Michael Beatty went after Oswalt on Twitter, writing cruel messages like ‘I just realized why I was so happy you died in Blade Trinity!’ and ‘And you shoot basketball like the sawed off little man you are’, Oswalt didn’t write any poems or fire back straight away.
Instead, keen to understand the motivation behind such trolls (aside from, y’know, Trump supporters standing up for Trump when Oswalt writes poems like the one above), the stand-up comedian took a quick look at Beatty’s own Twitter account and wondered if there was something he could do not to silence him, but help him.
He found that Beatty had recently been in hospital for two weeks, eight days of which were spent in a diabetic coma, and it was his worsening health and excessive medical bills that may be behind his online outbursts.
As Oswalt said:
Aw, man. 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.
The comedian’s unconventional response to an internet troll seemed to work, though, and Beatty took notice.
Patton. 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.
@pattonoswalt managed to not only let me slide on a rough tweet to him but started something that has me reevaluating friendships and productive dialogue regardless of political affiliation. He’s a good man and I hope that I can meet him one day to cement a relationship.
Love trumps hate, as they say.
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