Sarah Silverman’s response to a Twitter troll is giving everyone hope for 2018

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Sarah Silverman has everyone cheering for her beautiful response to a troll. Gage Skidmore (CC 2.0 license)

Sarah Silverman is showing everyone the power of not taking the bait, but instead turning to empathy, after her response to a Twitter troll helped turn the man’s life around.

Silverman tweeted out a profile of her in Bust, in which she talks about her sincere attempts to understand Trump supporters. A Twitter user responded to that tweet, wondering at her ability to understand the other side. She tweeted back that she was open to understanding, which resulted in yet another Twitter user, Jeremy Jamrozy, to throw a misogynistic insult her way.

While a lesser person might have gotten into a screaming match with the troll, or called him out so their fans could go after them, or even just ignore the comment and keep it moving, Silverman proved she really is trying to understand where others are coming from by looking at his timeline.

Jamrozy was instantly disarmed and opened up about his past, confirming that he was in pain, even more than was immediately apparent.

She asked if he was using heroin, since he identifies as a “junkie” in his Twitter bio, but he confirmed that he does not, but instead uses marijuana for pain management. She also encouraged him to seek out abuse survivor support groups, which he said he would do.

He also apologized for his original tweet to her.

Silverman assured him she didn’t care, and offered up some advice she received from her therapist.

Silverman is also leveraging her reach to try to get him the help he needs, bringing attention to a GoFundMe campaign that quickly surpassed its goal as well as putting a call out for professionals who might be able to lend their expertise.

He has thanked those who have reached out to help get him through this difficult time.

And he reports that he is getting help.

“I was once a giving and nice person, but too many things destroyed that and I became bitter and hateful,” Jamrozy told My San Antonio. “Then Sarah showed me the way. Don’t get me wrong, I still got a long way to go, but it’s a start.”

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