A Rare Serious Moment From Oswalt
While many people shared their thoughts with the world after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, Patton Oswalt's message resonated with his fans. So what exactly did he say?
Patton Oswalt is not exactly known for his seriousness. The comedian started his career as a writer on MadTV, but he may be best known as Spence in King of Queens or the voice of Remy in Ratatouille. But Monday the comedian took a moment to share his feelings about the bombings at the Boston Marathon, with Facebook.
“I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, ‘Well, I've had it with humanity,’” he wrote. “But I was wrong… Here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out.”
The world of social media and cameras on every phone has made the heroism even more apparent during tragedies. Oswalt felt very proud on Monday of the many people who did the right thing.
“The vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak,” he continued. “This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago. “
The diverse comedian and actor’s career keeps growing. He most recently has been in shows like Two and a Half Men, Justified and Parks and Recreation, and is always working on his comedy. As of Tuesday morning, Oswalt’s Facebook post has nearly 200,000 shares, almost 300,000 ‘likes’ and over 10,000 comments.
“So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance,” he said, “just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.’"
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