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Kal Penn raises more than $250K for Syrian refugees after receiving bigoted tweet

The lesson here: Don't try to troll Kal Penn.

 

Josh Katzowitz

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Published Jan 29, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 2:49 am CDT

On Saturday, actor and former Barack Obama adviser Kal Penn received a nasty tweet that said, “You don’t belong in this country you fucking joke.” Less than 24 hours, Penn had raised more than $250,000 for Syrian refugees in the name of that anonymous troll.

After receiving the comment while tweeting about Donald Trump’s immigration ban, Penn, who was born in New Jersey, received the bigoted message. In response, he used the crowdfunding site Crowdrise, and he created a page titled, “Donating to Syrian Refugees in the name of the dude who said I don’t belong in America.” Originally, his goal was to raise $2,500.

As of this writing early Sunday afternoon, the Harold and Kumar star had raised more than $253,000.

The response was overwhelming for Penn.

https://twitter.com/kalpenn/status/825445213640544257

Turns out Penn isn’t such a joke after all.

H/T The Independent

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*First Published: Jan 29, 2017, 1:36 pm CST