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Arnold Schwarzenegger shuts down troll who criticized the Special Olympics

An internet troll who wrote derogatory things about the Special Olympics learned that picking a fight with Arnold Schwarzenegger on social media is as bad an idea as doing it in real life.

Schwarzenegger, an ambassador for the Special Olympics, opted for a "teachable moment" — instead of, say, piloting a sea plane to a tropical island to find the guy — after someone left a crass comment on a Facebook video he posted showing him celebrating with Special Olympians in Austria.

The commenter wrote: "The Olympics are for the best athletes in the entire world to compete against each other to determine who is the best. Having r—–s competing is doing the opposite!"

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Schwarzenegger quickly chimed in and shut the person down. Fans of the Austrian Oak captured the exchange in a screenshot before the embarrassed dope deleted his ugly remark.

"As evil and stupid as this comment is, I’m not going to delete it or ban you (yet) because it’s a teachable moment,'' Schwarzenegger wrote.

The bodybuilding and acting legend implored the person to learn from the inspiring athletes in the Special Olympics.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with a fan at the 2017 Arnold Classic in Australia on March 19.

"You have two possible paths ahead,'' he wrote. "Right now, I guarantee you that these athletes have more courage, compassion, brains and skill — actually more of every positive human quality than you.

"So take their path — you could learn from them, and try to challenge yourself, to give back, to add something to the world. Or you can stay on your path, and keep being a sad, pitiful, jealous Internet troll who adds nothing to the world but mocks anyone who does out of small-minded jealousy.

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"I know that all you really want is attention, so let me be clear. If you choose to keep going this way, no one will ever remember you."

Schwarzenegger has been a decades-long supporter of the Special Olympics, which were started in the 1960s by his former mother-in-law, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

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