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Sometimes, it become necessary to share an example of a public personality righting an egregious wrong, as Arnold Schwarzenegger did yesterday. Here is that story:
An internet troll chose the wrong athletes to pick on last week.
Arnold Schwarzenegger turned an offensive Facebook comment about the Special Olympics, a program that he has for decades had a personal interest in, into a “teachable moment.”
The comment came in response to a video the former bodybuilding champion posted Thursday on his page congratulating the winners of the Special Olympics World Games held earlier this week in Austria, the country Schwarzenegger hails from.
The former bodybuilder and governor of California has long been involved in Special Olympics, the program founded by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, partly because of his former marriage to her daughter, Maria. So it was no surprise that he’d post a positive message after the competition ended. An internet troll chose the wrong athletes to pick on last week.
“The Olympics are for the best athletes in the entire world to compete against each other to determine who is the best,” the individual wrote. “Having retards competing is doing the opposite!”, the critic stated online.
Schwarzenegger quickly responded: “As evil and stupid as this comment is, I’m not going to delete it or ban you (yet) because it’s a teachable moment.”
“You have two possible paths ahead. Right now, I guarantee you that these athletes have more courage, compassion, brains and skill — actually more of every positive human quality than you.
“So take their path — you could learn from them, and try to challenge yourself, to give back, to add something to the world. Or you can stay on your path, and keep being a sad pitiful jealous Internet troll who adds nothing to the world but mocks anyone who does out of small-minded jealousy.
“I know that all you really want is attention, so let me be clear. If you choose to keep going this way, no one will ever remember you.”
The vast majority of athletes and sports fans worldwide agreed with Schwarzenegger, who has never backed down from controversy of late. This includes calling on President Donald Trump to focus on his responsibilities as Commander In Chief and not spending so much time on Twitter criticizing the ratings for “Celebrity Apprentice” which Schwarzenegger stepped down from recently as host, citing “heavy baggage” of Trumps incessant micromanagement as a factor.