When a troll called comedian Sarah Silverman the C-word on Twitter, she responded with level-headed kindness, finding out he was in a lot of pain and eventually helping him pay for his medical bills.
On Dec. 28, Twitter user Jeremy Jamrozy responded rudely to one of Silverman’s tweets where she was trying to reach out to a Trump supporter in the hope of understanding where they were coming from. Instead of ignoring him or responding angrily, she went in a completely different direction, taking the two down a path that eventually led to her helping him take care of his medical expenses.
I believe in you. I read ur timeline & I see what ur doing & your rage is thinly veiled pain. But u know that. I know this feeling. Ps My back Fucking sux too. see what happens when u choose love. I see it in you.
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 29, 2017
Jamrozy, it turns out, has several slipped discs in his spine, and with no insurance and no way to work through the pain, he is unable to cover the costs of fixing it on his own. Along with that, he was dealing with the trauma of an abuse he suffered when he was 8 years old, he told Silverman on Twitter.
After a series of back-and-forth messages, Silverman asked Jamrozy to go to a support group. He agreed to go, and apologized for being rude.
I will go. But I trust no one I’ve been burned so many times. I’d give the shirt off my back and everytime I get burned. I’m super antisocial. I have no friends. I’m sorry I gave u shit.
— Jeremy jamrozy (@jeremy_jamrozy) December 29, 2017
The conversation continued and grew friendlier and friendlier throughout the day, with Jamrozy telling Silverman he enjoys her comedy, is amazed by her love for humanity, and that she’s got herself a fan in him.
As for his back problems, Jamrozy went for a consultation to see what needed to be done to help him get back on his feet. It was not going to be a simple, cheap path to recovery, so Jamrozy started a GoFundMe campaign and Silverman gave him a shout out on her Twitter.
In an interview with My San Antonio, Jamrozy said Silverman offered to pay for his medical expenses.
With donations coming in from people on his GoFundMe, Jamrozy was inspired to spread that money around to other people who need help in the San Antonio area where he lives.
“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.”