Ever since the New York Times and New Yorker dropped their bombshell exposés on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged sexual assault, women and men alike have been emboldened to come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment and the ways in which power and intimidation have served to keep the aggressors in power. And while it’s a good thing to see the rich and powerful finally being held accountable for their reprehensible behavior, it’s also been exhausting. Nobody likes to see their heroes accused of assaulting a child or forcing people to watch them masturbate. Hell, we’re keeping a running tally of every celebrity who’s come forward with stories of harassment over the last several weeks and, Christ, is it long.
Twitter’s own @BAKKOOONN, as worn-down as the rest of us, sought to bring a little goodwill to the internet by asking fellow users for instances of celebrities not being giant asshats.
The results, thank goodness, were both plentiful and delightful. And these aren’t just stories of celebs being cordial, but rather meaningful interactions that prove not every successful person in this world is a barking, bug-eyed monster. Nearly every story is met with several more people popping in to elaborate on their own experiences with the celebrity. Like, David Tennant seems like a stand-up dude, but there’s something heartwarming about just how many people have positive stories about him.
There’s also, weirdly, lots of stories about Kenny G being a stand-up dude. It’s nice to know all of those jokes never soured him.
There’s a hilarious extended thread here about how The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt is routinely rude to fans and how that’s okay because nobody would ever expect (nor really want him) to be nice. Still, the rest of these are wonderful reminders that not all celebrities are fucking monsters—some, in fact, are downright good people.