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Arnold Schwarzenegger turned an offensive internet troll comment about the Special Olympics into a “teachable moment.”


The 2017 Special Olympics were held in Schwarzenegger’s native Austria, and as well as sponsoring the games, he was an outspoken ambassador for them on social media. Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics, is the brother of Schwarzenegger’s former wife, Maria Shriver.

Schwarzenegger posted many photos and videos to social media during the games but one specific post has started trending online again recently.

The celeb put a photo up of himself with some of the athletes, captioning how they were so inspiring to him.

An internet troll made his way to the comment section, questioning the purpose of the Special Olympics and slurring the hard-working athletes who take part in them.

The commenter wrote: “The special Olympics make no sense. The Olympics are for the best athletes in the world to compete against each other to determine who is the best. Having r—-s competing is doing the opposite.”

Schwarzenegger was having none of it, and ‘dropped the mic’ on the coward so brutally that he later deleted his comment. But luckily the internet never forgets, and the pic has resurfaced reminding internet trolls (and us all) to be better humans.

Schwarzenegger 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.”

Sources: Facebook
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