Schwarzenegger responded, 'As stupid and evil as this comment is, I'm not going to delete it or ban you (yet) because it's a teachable moment.'
Special Olympics give opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities to showcase their exemplary performances in sports and empowers them to participate more in society. It has some of the best athletes in the world and has given them the limelight they deserve. However, a person made a rude comment about people with intellectual disabilities and the event and none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger was ready to defend them.
u/AnIgnorablePerson recently posted, "Throwback to when Arnold Schwarzenegger stood against a random internet jerk." In the post, there is a picture of the actor with winners from the Special Olympics and a person commented below it, "The Special Olympics makes 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-ds competing is doing the opposite."
The actor responded to it, "As stupid and evil 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, skill - actually more of every positive human quality than you."
He asks the person to learn from these athletes and try to challenge himself, to give back and "add something from 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 what you really want is attention, so let me be clear." Schwarzenegger concluded by saying, "If you choose to keep going this way, no one will ever remember you."
The post has more than 6,900 upvotes and about 95 comments. Many appreciated the actor for standing up for the athletes. u/burntlandboi commented, "No one will ever remember you” which is cold af. I love this one." u/Psychological_Art131 commented, "How bad your comment has to be that Arnold himself couldn't control his anger...I hope this guy learns his mistake and changes his understanding at least." u/Captain_Salamander commented, "How is he so elegantly destroying him." u/TDT_Lover commented, "It’s bad enough that he even had to say any of this in the first place but the fact I read this in Schwarzenegger’s voice both makes this even worse and better at the same time."
The picture and the comment were originally posted by Schwarzenegger about six years ago on Twitter. He has been an avid supporter of the Special Olympics and in 2017, the event was conducted in his native Austria. Schwarzenegger not only sponsored the games but also was an outspoken ambassador for them on social media, according to BoredPanda. He has another special reason to be a supporter of the Special Olympics. It was started in the 1960s by his former mother-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. He also wrote about her in a letter, "Her work with Special Olympics has brought joy, meaning, and fulfillment to millions of people around the world, and her example constantly inspires me to follow in her footsteps and serve, serve, serve."