Patton Oswalt embraces his Internet trolls

In a funny promo for the Webby Awards, the comedian meets mean commenters and ends up liking them VIDEO

Topics: Video, Patton Oswalt, webbys, Trolls, Internet, Twitter, Comedy,

Patton Oswalt, a comedian and self-professed nerd who spends a lot of time shouting at people on the Internet (including Salon), confronted his Internet haters in a promo video for Monday night’s Webby Awards.

In the video, Oswalt meets the “cowards” who hurl insults from behind their computers. They (like Salon journalists) turn out to be pretty nice people who have full lives and a host of accomplishments. “Fine, I get it, okay! I came here because I thought you guys would be a bunch of losers. Clearly, I was wrong,” Oswalt declares, in defeat.

“That was humbling,” Oswalt concluded. “I came here to expose the trolls of the Internet, and the garbage and noise that they spew…damnit, I ended up meeting the greatest people alive.”

Okay, so that video wasn’t about Salon, but we’ll take it as a positive development anyway. (Also, legitimate Internet trolls really are the worst).

Oswalt will host the 18th annual Webby Awards in New York Monday night.



Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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