As more and more allegations of sexual abuse in Hollywood, politics, sports, and more industries have been brought to light, the news cycle has been a hard and emotionally heavy thing to keep up with. Fortunately, not everyone in Hollywood is a monster.
A long Twitter thread has sparked an outpouring of stories about a long list celebrities being kind and funny with non-Hollywood people.
San Francisco-based artist Oliver Leach called for people to recount positive celebrity encounters.
if anyone has any nice allegations against a celebrity that would be great too. does a famous actor give good christmas presents. does lady comedian alwyays smoke people out— BAKOON (@BAKKOOONN) November 9, 2017
Celebrities who were name checked as being gracious and kind included Danny DeVito, David Tennant, Chris Martin, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney, Robin Williams and many, many more. The post has received more than 6,000 comments about all the good celebrities out there.
Chris Martin of Coldplay visits kids hospitals in every country he goes on tour with his band to. He spends hours talking to the kids, singing them songs, giving them presents and cheering them up. He's never spoken about it and we only know from social media posts from patients pic.twitter.com/t1MaMBys7h— Shruthi 🍓 (@42dontEverLetGo) November 10, 2017
Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman let me stay with them when my mom was in the hospital for cancer surgeries— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 10, 2017
Tom Hiddleston ran into me in the street once and spilt my coffee. He apologised so many times the words started to sound weird and he bought me another coffee— az hann (@captain_tiny) November 10, 2017
Keanu Reeves regularly takes paycuts so that his wages can be used to pay the crews on his movies bonuses.— Diana Joy (@Nascentransgirl) November 10, 2017
Peter Dinklage stopped riding his scooter bc he saw my dog was scared of it. He came up to her and said “ah these are the worst, aren’t they?”, pet her and then walked his scooter the next few blocks before he got back on.— chelsea marshall (@theseamar) November 10, 2017
Bono once saved my friend from being beaten by her ex-husband, a much larger guy. True story.— Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos (@Papakila) November 10, 2017
i was an extra in a movie with Michael Keaton. He played frisbee with us, took pictures, and signed my friend's Batman DVD— Thanksgiving, but bean to bar (@McLeemz) November 9, 2017
Lou Diamond Phillips stuck up for me against a really rude customer at a coffee cart I used to work at— Egadsden🌹 (@itspronounced48) November 9, 2017
Salma Hayek danced with my little sister at a party once, as did Shannon Doherty, and Spice Girl Mel C played Connect 4 with her. Lucy Liu was so incredibly kind and lovely when we worked together when I was nine that she became one of my first big crushes.— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 10, 2017
I was crying quietly to myself after my Mom died in a cafe, Robin Williams noticed me and paid my check. He whispered things usually get better.— catherine (@pantone7605) November 11, 2017
I worked at a famous toy store for a while. Met a lot there - many stressed. But David Schwimmer gave extra to toys for tots after Sandy. I hadn't realized it was him and was focused on his stressed out toddler.— Rebecca Overholt (@Julephenia) November 10, 2017
Mariska Hargitay cares about *everyone* on set. Seen her stop a PA and offer hand warmers to anyone that was cold.— Rebecca Overholt (@Julephenia) November 10, 2017
Common went into the non-union holding area and gave a speech of thanks to hundreds for being there for 3 very long days.
Steve Buscemi always dresses up for Halloween and gives out candy with Elvis Costello at his house in #ParkSlope Brooklyn.— Lynn Harris (@harrislynn) November 10, 2017
When the stunt horses in LOTR were being auctioned off, Viggo bought the white Horse “Arwen” rode for the stunt rider who filmed the chases with the Nazgul because she had fallen in love with the horse but couldn’t afford to buy him.— Kristin Bailey (@KBaileyBooks) November 10, 2017
I interned in the set of LA Dragnet when I was 20, Eva Longoria always remembered me and asked how my internship was going.— Kimberly Rae Miller (@KimberlyRMiller) November 10, 2017
Michelle Pfeiffer spent a long afternoon on STARDUST demanding baby pictures and stories about my then-new son and telling stories about her own kids. She gave me parenting tips and a list of places to go in LA when he got older. https://t.co/EXZipgi7G0— DrewMcWeeny (@DrewMcWeeny) November 10, 2017
Tom Hanks took the phone out of my then-wife's hand at a reception so he could speak Spanish to my mother-in-law on the phone. Just 'cause. https://t.co/EXZipgi7G0— DrewMcWeeny (@DrewMcWeeny) November 10, 2017
One last one: the Rock stopped a junket cold to play action figures for five or ten minutes with Allen, who was four at the time and totally star-struck. He let Allen take the Rock G.I. Joe figure with him. Allen still talks about this. Frequently. https://t.co/EXZipgi7G0— DrewMcWeeny (@DrewMcWeeny) November 10, 2017
carrie fisher followed me on my old twitter before and out of nowhere i dm'd her bc i was having a breakdown and two days later she responded in the middle of the night with an advice i'll forever hold in my heart— maria (@umathurmcns) November 10, 2017
robin williams was the nicest, most compassionate celebrity I ever had the pleasure of knowing in person. personally saw him threaten to beat the hell out of some rando harassing a homeless person in the ocean district six or so years ago— Dimsdale! (@caylenb) November 9, 2017
In 1994 I wrote a letter to Ira Kaplan from Yo La Tengo and he sent me a mix tape— Gabriel Roth (@gabrielroth) November 10, 2017
I once hit Mike Myers with a door and he apologized to me.— Walt, but a Turkey (@waltdwilliams) November 10, 2017
The thread is massive, but worth reading through. It’s a nice, necessary reminder that the entertainment industry is like any other field, full of both good and bad people. In times like this, it’s healthy to indulge in a few feel-good stories and to acknowledge that most people in Hollywood are just as horrified by the current scandals as the rest of us are.
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