In every sense of the word, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt is a stand up kinda guy.
His compassion for others knows no bounds, irrespective of their background, even if they support President Donald Trump.
With Twitter feuds becoming a normal way to engage with others on social media, Oswalt refuses to become a part of the lowest common denominator.
Recently, a troll tried to shred the comedian to pieces on Twitter. After Oswalt responded to one of Trump's tweets, the troll replied to Oswalt's tweet with:
"I just realized why I was so happy you died in Blade Trinity!"
"And you shoot basketball ike [sic] the sawed off little man you are."
Rather than adding to the fiery exchange, Oswalt saw a man crying out for help and extended his hand. Oswalt wrote:
"Aw, man. This dude just attacked me on Twitter and I joked back but then I looked at his timeline and he's in a LOT of trouble health-wise."
The gentleman who criticized Owalt is a Vietnam veteran who was in critical condition from Sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication from infection.
"I'd be pissed off too. He's been dealt some shitty cards — let's deal him some good ones. Click and donate — just like I'm about to."
Aw, man. This dude just attacked me on Twitter and I joked back but then I looked at his timeline and he’s in a LOT… https://t.co/FzyA6732eD— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1548353035.0
Micheal Beatty had set up a GoFundMe page that chronicled his two weeks in the hospital battling Sepsis and additionally discovering that the blood infection permanently afflicted him with Diabetic Ketoacidosis.
Oswalt donated $2,000 after discovering the link and asked his followers to contribute to the man who had attempted to start a bitter Twitter war.
Contributions came pouring in, far exceeding Beatty's $5,000 goal with a $13,000 total.
The vet responded to the overwhelming gesture of kindness with a humbling message.
"Patton. You have humbled me to the point where I can barely compose my words. You have caused me to take pause and reflect on how harmful words from my mouth could result in such an outpouring."
He is now paying it forward.
"Thank you for this and I will pass this on to my cousin who needs help. A cascade."
@pattonoswalt Patton. You have humbled me to the point where I can barely compose my words. You have caused me to t… https://t.co/r0BxQrTnUY— Michael Beatty (@Michael Beatty) 1548354932.0
Beatty added a follow up tweet with expressing further gratitude.
"I want to thank everyone who came to my aid with generous outpourings- and also to [Patton Oswalt] without whom I would not be the recipient of so much love and support. I'm not a man who ever cries but I had to wait to send this. And to quote Stuart on Big Bang 'meat tonight'!"
I want to thank everyone who came to my aid with generous outpourings- and also to @pattonoswalt without whom I wou… https://t.co/rtdeDyLmLj— Michael Beatty (@Michael Beatty) 1548356028.0
Beatty shared his epiphany amidst a tempestuous and divisive political climate.
@JohnandGloria @pattonoswalt @pattonoswalt managed to not only let me slide on a rough tweet to him but started som… https://t.co/0neJ753R7C— Michael Beatty (@Michael Beatty) 1548371541.0
Oswalt, staying true to his comedic roots, roasted Beatty for good measure.
See, THIS is why compassion and forgiveness are the best — wait, you CRIED?!? You fuckin’ pussy! Donation CANCELLED. https://t.co/NkgNb6tmG5— Patton Oswalt (@Patton Oswalt) 1548357121.0
Of course, Beatty wasn't going down without the last word.
@pattonoswalt Ok I didn't cry! A gnat flew in one eye and made it tear up!!— Michael Beatty (@Michael Beatty) 1548359029.0
Despite political party associations, the thread inspired many to be more introspective and compassionate towards each other. Lessons were learned here.
@MichaelBeatty @pattonoswalt I see the goodness in your hearts. It should bring tears to everyone's eyes. Health and happiness to you both.— july (@july) 1548395111.0
@MichaelBeatty @pattonoswalt I can leave social media for the night now. You two have made up for all the division… https://t.co/qicJBLwg98— Imber Blu (@Imber Blu) 1548375237.0
@MichaelBeatty @pattonoswalt Michael, type 1 diabetic for 31 years here. Luckily, I'm in decent shape considering,… https://t.co/mcyfp94rs9— Kevin Blankenship (@Kevin Blankenship) 1548393642.0
@MichaelBeatty @pattonoswalt ~4 years ago some great surgeons, doctors, & nurses twice in one week saved my life. M… https://t.co/vpGQqGGkFV— /h (@/h) 1548368353.0
@MichaelBeatty @pattonoswalt I’m definitely a brash liberal and when I saw what Patton linked I realized you had wh… https://t.co/wgrGPpFFDY— Individual-1 (@Individual-1) 1548363676.0
@MichaelBeatty @pattonoswalt We may not like walls, but we sure do like bridges. Get better!! :)— Tina (@Tina) 1548361475.0
@MichaelBeatty @pattonoswalt I’m so happy that you can see through the partisanship and see the person. We’re all p… https://t.co/mOoDxJBIfX— Tyler Jedrey (@Tyler Jedrey) 1548356195.0
@MichaelBeatty @pattonoswalt This whole thing restored my faith in humanity today. Best wishes to you sir, and here's to a speedy recovery.— Bingo Bango Bongo (@Bingo Bango Bongo) 1548356245.0
Take note trolls, this is the finest of all Twitter spats.