Sarah Silverman’s comedy is bawdy and brawny and often takes a sharp turn to vulgar to make a point. She shocks with off-color jokes and gags and seems like a person who would not back down from a fight.
So when a man on Twitter responded to one of her tweets using a profane term for a female private part, her fans might have expected her to return fire. Instead, she wrote a series of sympathetic and compassionate tweets that the man said changed his outlook on life. Silverman then rallied her Twitter followers to help the man get medical assistance for his hurt back.
After his one-word tweet to her, which can not be reprinted in a family newspaper, she responded: “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 … sux too. see what happens when u choose love. I see it in you.”
The man, @jeremy_jamrozy, a Twitter user in San Antonio, replied by opening up to Silverman about his problems. It was a few days after Christmas.
“I can’t choose love. A man that resembles Kevin spacey took that away when I was 8. I can’t find peace if I could find that guy who ripped my body who stripped my innocence I’d kill him. He … me up and I’m poor so its hard to get help,” he wrote.
Silverman empathized and suggested he try out a support group: “Good. I want to kill him too so I can’t imagine your rage. All I know is this rage — and even if you could kill him— it’s punishing yourself. And you don’t deserve punishment. You deserve support. Go to one of these support groups. You might meet ur best bros there.”
He told her he is antisocial, does not trust people and does not have any friends. But he said he would try a support group, and then he apologized for trolling her.
After a few more exchanges, Jamrozy told her he is actually a big fan and thinks she is funny. He explained more about his back problem and described his pain. Silverman put out a call to her followers to see whether anyone might step up to help. Plenty of people did. A few days later, she followed up:
Jamrozy started a GoFundMe campaign to get $150 to help him with doctors’ fees. He has already raised $1,774.
He is now tweeting about gratitude and humanity.
Silverman, again, has shocked her fans.