It’s always nice when someone takes a negative and turns it into a positive. And it’s even better when that someone is Arnold Schwarzenegger and the negative in question is some jerk on Twitter who had some not-so-nice things to say about the Special Olympics and the athletes who take part in them.
It all went down last week when Arnold posted a video on his Facebook page, congratulating the winners of the Special Olympics World Games, which were held in Schwarzenegger’s home country of Austria.
Schwarzenegger appears in the video message that also features the text, “These guys inspire me!” Because damn right they’re inspiring.
The video has attracted nearly half a million views, tens of thousands of likes and hundreds of comments, but not all the words were kind. One, in particular, referred to Special Olympians using that predictable derogatory term and questioned the need for the Special Olympics at all.
“The Olympics are for the best athletes in the entire world to compete against each other to determine who is the best,” the troll tweeted. “Having ret**ds competing is doing the opposite!”
OK, breathe. Actually, take a few deep breaths and find your calm. We get why you’re angry. And it’s shocking that some people still think this way AND think it’s OK to go there publicly. But thankfully Arnold wasn’t having it and made it a “teachable moment.” (Schwarzenegger’s response as well as the original comment has since been deleted but thankfully the good people on Twitter screengrabbed it for posterity.)
Schwarzenegger has worked with the Special Olympics program for many years. The Games were founded by Arnold’s former mother-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and he, Maria and their four children remain active with them. So it’s no wonder he responded with a statement that simply couldn’t be challenged. Way to shut down the negativity, Arnie.