These celebrity encounters are something we could all use right now
It seems every single day another story comes out involving a public figure and allegations of sexual abuse. The stories are heartbreaking, infuriating, and can genuinely make you feel like there are no decent people left in this world. One Twitter user decided we could all use some positive news and asked others to share some “nice allegations” for a change.
Twitter user Bakoon posted a call to action of sorts on Thursday, asking, “if anyone has any nice allegations against a celebrity that would be great too.” It seems in the days of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Roy Moore, Louis C.K., Ed Westwick, and Jeremy Piven, everyone could use a few lighthearted stories to restore some faith in humanity.
The gesture is not meant to take anything away from all the brave individuals coming forward, but to remind us not everyone a shitty human being.
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
Hundreds joined in to recall moments when they had a run-in with a celebrity or public figure and were better for it.
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
Eddie Vedder used to come to a DIY space I managed in sunglasses and the youth never recognized him. Only knew he showed up bc he left hundos in the donation jar— AriSpoolWorldPeace ☭ ☭ (@arispool) November 10, 2017
i tweeted about sitting two rows from madeleine albright on a train to washington and she tweeted at me to come and say hello and when i did she talked to me for awhile and was very sweet and nice— erin ryan (@morninggloria) November 10, 2017
This story about Carrie Fisher will have everyone crying happy tears:
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 🌌 22 (@daydreamdeluxes) November 10, 2017
Who knew Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman took in their Matilda costar Mara Wilson when her mother battling cancer?
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
And say what you will about Coldplay, Chris Martin is all class:
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
Look, celebrities are just people. They shouldn’t be held to a higher standard than the rest of us, but they are in the public eye and with that comes a certain amount of responsibility. At the very least, if they act like a dick, others will likely take notice. But if they use their celebrity to do good, that shouldn’t go unnoticed either.
There were some lighthearted moments as well. Because, if you are going to run into a celebrity, you may as well actual run into a celebrity:
I accidentally walked into Waka Flocka so hard my head clunked on his chest and he was so scared I'd deeply injured myself— podcast haver (@rachelmillman) November 10, 2017
Charles Schultz drew me a picture when I was 4 getting my tonsils out.— Wizard⚪ (@fmc21369) November 10, 2017
Kenny G would always tip $100 whenever I came to his house to fix whatever— Egadsden (@itspronounced48) November 10, 2017
Whether they should be or not, many of these public figures are role models, especially for kids. It’s nice to see not all of them have abused their position of power. Even a small act of kindness can go a long way.
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
Diana Ross and her husband sat in the seats directly in back of my date and I when we went to see Applause on Broadway. During intermission, when I recognized her, I acknowleged her and sat quietly in my seat about to burst. After the show they offered us a ride We accepted.— The Patrick Report (@pelmore1115) November 11, 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— 100% Bean Comedian (@McLeemz) November 9, 2017
I was an extra on Married With Children when I was a kid, and Katie Sagal and Christina Applegate played tag with me and a couple of other child actors between takes.— Quantico Jackson (@Quanty_J) November 9, 2017
Allison Janney is literally the nicest woman in the universe. met her at the stagedoor of Six Degrees of Seperation, she took time to have a real convo with every single fan, take pics, etc.
Allison Janney is literally the nicest woman in the universe. met her at the stagedoor of Six Degrees of Seperation, she took time to have a real convo with every single fan, take pics, etc.— kaity marzik (@kaitymarzik) 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.
Back in my serving days, Steve Carrell would come in with his family. They would all keep their phones away, unforced, and talk. He'd tip like 100%.— T.J. Chambers (@tjchambersLA) November 10, 2017
And the pièce de résistance:
Beyoncé brings her empty glasses back to the bar 💖— Felix Puppy Dad (@felix_cohen) November 10, 2017
Chances are even more victim’s stories will surface in the coming weeks and months. Those many held on a pedestal will be rightly knocked off while their accusers bravely come forward and share with the world something they’ve been secretly dealing with for years. Let’s hope in the midst of all of this heartbreak, other stories of good will emerge.
At this point, we could all use some feel-good stories in our lives.