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Actor and television host Mike Rowe honestly responded to a critic who attempted to shame him over his lack of military service.
The “Dirty Jobs” host posted a letter from a woman named Donna to his Facebook account on Monday.
“Mr. Rowe, I was impressed by some of the things you’ve done in your life,” she wrote, “but that came to an end when I discovered that you apparently never volunteered to serve in your country’s military. Why is that?”
Rowe politely replied, giving a refreshingly candid answer.
“I put myself before my country, and pretty much everything else” he wrote adding, “the honest answer is because I was selfish.”
The response, which follows in its entirety, may have surprised Donna.
Other social media users were quick to support Rowe and turn the tables on Donna.
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Mike Rowe may be the last honest man in America https://t.co/649LAoJMPk
— jeffery reynolds (@ChargerJeff) June 22, 2016
— Damian Perkins (@Rigger3763) June 21, 2016
@mikeroweworks well positioned response. Serving is a noble choice, not serving does not make 1 disrespectful, ungrateful, or less American.
— Patrick Smith (@patricksmith_rn) June 21, 2016
@mikeroweworks Devil’s Advocate, here’s hoping she was just asking because she felt you’d make a fine soldier.
— [omitted] (@Stilgaard) June 21, 2016
@mikeroweworks Outstanding response!
— Tim Riecker (@triecker) June 21, 2016
@mikeroweworks Why do people think they have the right to judge celebrities lives? Do they live in glass houses? Grow up already.
— Lisette Amoroso (@Improvldy) June 22, 2016
— BlessedToBeHIS (@SimplySherr24) June 21, 2016
— Eric Gann, MPA (@g3vol) June 21, 2016
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