Arnold Schwarzenegger has a message for internet skeptics and all those “didn’t happen” naysayers out there.
“Not believing anything you read is just as lazy and dumb as believing anything you read,” the Hollywood actor said on Reddit after a spat about a Terminator pipe broke out—bear with us.
A Schwarzenegger fan honored his idol this week by carving a pipe into the likeness of the Terminator himself.
The 73-year-old action star found out about the one-of-a-kind piece on Reddit, where the artist under the username RadonLab posted a photo of it.
Schwarzenegger himself responded to the artist asking to buy the pipe, saying: “Wow. This is fantastic. It is beautiful. Would you sell this to me?”
Although the artist said it would be an “honor” to send the former Governor of California the pipe as a gift, Schwarzenegger insisted on sending him something for his trouble.
He wrote: “If you insist on giving it to me I insist on sending you back a signed photo of me using it. Now that it’s 2020 I just sign things on my machine and send an email if that works for you, adding, ‘You can send me a message and I’ll give you the details.”
It is a fantastic gift. https://t.co/kkj63YGHI0
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 2, 2020
Much to the delight of Reddit, the Total Recall actor was true to his word and posted a photo of him with the Terminator pipe. He signed the photo: “To Radon, Thank you for the great pipe! Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
However, a disagreement broke out after the artist was accused of faking the interaction and giving the actor the collectible, leading Schwarzenegger to intervene and criticize the skeptic and share his guide to the internet and skepticism in general.
“Let me chime in with my opinion on this since reddit is more cynical than me,” he wrote under the username GovSchwarzenegger.
“Some things, you can just enjoy. If you’re dealing with global politics or a life or death situation, get a second or third opinion and be skeptical. If someone posts a photo I sent them and people are enjoying it, absolutely do not call them a liar unless you have proof.”
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He added: “In this case it doesn’t add anything. And worse, it’s lazy. In this case, a quick look at my posts would have found the comment where I said I would sign a photo on my machine would have saved the guy. Not believing anything you read is just as lazy and dumb as believing anything you read.”
Unsurprisingly, such a profound comment on the internet and how we enjoy it resonated with, well internet users.
The post was marked as “wholesome” on Reddit, with one commenting “wise words.”
One response reads: “Mr. Schwarzenegger you’re a blessing to this world.”
Another added: “I’m actually kinda glad they commented on your photo because we’ve had not one but two beautiful cases of you responding and calling them out. Also still so shocked big Arnie himself uses reddit, this is bloody mad! What a hero!”
Schwarzenegger’s response also gained some traction over on Twitter, where users are applauding his take on enjoying fun things on the internet free of skepticism.
âNot believeing anything you read is just as lazy and dumb as believing anything you read,â ðð»ðð»ðð»
— Emily (@4emily4emily) September 3, 2020
Thank you for sharing!
Just LOVE him! â¤ï¸
When someone assumes the worst in another, it says more about that person.
Also, the guy who made the pipe… WOW. Absolutely beautiful. The guy knows what he’s doing and loves what he does, as evidenced by the fine detail. LOVE it! ðð¼ðð¼
— Maggie M (@maggiernbsn) September 3, 2020
When @Schwarzenegger perfectly captures how to Social Media pic.twitter.com/rGAsPNcLd9
— ð©J. Gibbs ð· (@jdotgibbs) September 3, 2020
Some social media smarts from @Schwarzenegger. “Am I subtracting joy or knowledge? Don’t post” pic.twitter.com/y4npbYz5BR
— Andrea Horan (@AndreaHoran) September 3, 2020
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