@DeeTee shared this article with me last night, and it was a breath of fresh air. You can also access the Twitter conversation between Sarah and the person who called her a c**t.
Her strategy is similar to mine as a blogger. I've been trolled by conservative Christians throughout the years. When this happens, the first thing I do is go to their blog (if they have one), read their about page, and may spend several hours reading their blog posts and comments.
Many times, I found that these believers with trolling behaviors had bad childhoods, had been indoctrinated with shame and unworthiness, had physical or mental disabilities, and/or had experienced significant trauma. They were projecting their pain. Some wrote posts about attempting suicide. Reading these posts and about pages guided me on how I would react and reply (if at all) to their demeaning comments directed at me or fellow non-believing bloggers.
I replied with compassion and empathy, and while some remained in denial about their pain or fears and justified their derogatory comments, others were softened and became more respective to the information I shared.
As you read the Twitter convo (embed in the article), you can see how quickly his demeanor changed and the flood of support that followed. A little awareness and compassion can go along ways and may even change a person's life.
Thank you all for this outpouring of kindness. Sarah Silverman like many highest paid performers spews psychosexual humor. ...Eddie Murphy George Carlin Don Rickles amongst dozens of males are better known over fewer top women who skillfully tailor their words of gutter and medical gonad references that produce non-stop audience belly laughs. Comedy Clubs get the least censored vocabulary FCC licensed broadcasts get the most censored words provoking feelings about taboos religion marriage desire bedroom dialogue and hygiene habits. Fascist criminal theocrats like Ruuuusssssshhhhhah Dingy Crazy LIMPboss cult radio liar attack Sarah Silverman Paula Poundstone Oprah Winfrey Al Franken Sandra Fluke as communist Hollywood leftists destroying America. Preachers fall in line with creationists like LimpBOSS SLAMMITY SAVAGE and the one here calling Silverman a reviled feminine epithet is being healed instead of dosed with our righteous indignation. 5 years hence LimpBOSS has never retracted his lies against Sandra Fluke. She testified before Congress about endometriosis ovarian cyst and vulvadynia pills LimpBOSS LIES calling each sex pills and demanded Fluke provide him a sex video calling her a slut. Her friend at the Catholic law school denied those pills had a hysterectomy at age 23. ....More is at stake here than kindness and compassion. 6 million women die each year globally denied life saving abortions or deadly disease preventing condoms. 600 radio stations with LimpBOSS shape the electorate that shape medical USA policies. Our little Internet postings here rarely go viral compared to radio cults on thousands of communities where people vote. I will continue to vote condemnation not compassion for drug addict Rush Limbaugh and the preacher with body pain.
Psychotherapy given freely to trolls is a big mistake. ...If practiced without a license there are professional ethical legal issues risked upon perpetrators of the evil religions. ....If an xian calls my penis a cunt, it's just another example of the murderous misogyny from their genocidal pro-violent abortions rapist rewards systems to Jehovah YHWH Ghost Holes warriours and I let it go as such. ...Bill Baird won 4 US Sup Ct cases against the enemies of women and health care and has spent the rest of his life trying to convert the tampon terrorists away from health care providers. ...big mistake waste of time upon theocrats who stand for rapist visitation rights to women giving birth to rapist 2nd generation
What is the saying "abuse the gift that keeps on giving"? I totally support this. I think a person's childhood can and often does shape their personality. I can't really feel this because it wasn't a part of my growing up. But I can see it happened to others and try and emphasize and let it be a force for me to try to make changes in the system that fosters this.
I think few know better than you how hard it is to get people to advance up Maslow's ladder.