“It’s funny that I feel so good about this”: The Experience That Made Arnold Schwarzenegger Stop Being a Disrespectful Jerk to Women

Arnold Schwarzenegger took s*xual harassment courses to understand the severity of his past actions

"It's funny that I feel so good about this": The Experience That Made Arnold Schwarzenegger Stop Being a Disrespectful Jerk to Women


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's life changed after being involved in the Special Olympics in 1979.
  • He started teaching bench press for free to Special Olympians at the University of Wisconsin.
  • The experience changed his perspective on life and taught him the importance of selflessness
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Arnold Schwarzenegger has been one of the most prominent personalities in Hollywood. From bodybuilding to acting and in politics, he has shined everywhere. He had an illustrious career that has always put him in the spotlight. However, there was also an experience in 1979 when he was invited to the University of Wisconsin when his life took a great turn.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in a still from Predator
Arnold Schwarzenegger in a still from Predator

According to Arnold Schwarzenegger, his life saw a major transition when he visited the University of Wisconsin in 1979. It happened after he was involved in the Special Olympics. The Terminator actor’s perspectives on life changed when he started teaching bench press for free to Special Olympians.

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What was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s life-changing experience?

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian

When Arnold Schwarzenneger sat for an interview with The New York Times before the release of his new book Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life, the interviewer asked him how he had a transition in his life. The interviewer David Marchese questioned how the seven-time Mr. Olympia fame learned the greatness of selflessness.

Arnold Schwarzenegger loved the question and started to explain how his life was changed after he got associated with the Special Olympics. He explained that he got a call from Wisconsin to be a guest lecturer for Special Olympians. Initially, he thought it was the First Lady Jackie Kennedy who invited him but later he found it to be wrong- I realized that it was not that Jackie Kennedy.”

However, it was too late to turn around. So the 76-year-old decided to go and teach the Special Olympians which completely changed his perspective towards life. Arnold Schwarzenegger explained that despite not getting any money or career boost, he felt extremely happy to do that.


“I go, and we started teaching Special Olympians how to bench press — the most unbelievable experience. You could see the change in those kids. I was blown away. I went home at night and said to myself: ‘It’s funny that I feel so good about this. I didn’t make any money, and it was not a career move.’ It started there. It has not stopped since.”

Schwarzenegger’s mother-in-law and Maria Shriver’s mother Eunice Kennedy was the founder of the Special Olympics. This enabled him to stay associated with the sport and made a massive contribution to weightlifting in the Special Olympics. He claimed that it was also this that stopped him from being disrespectful towards women.

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Was Arnold Schwarzenegger disrespectful towards women?

It is no lie to anyone how the former Governor of California faced an intense backlash after it was revealed that he fathered a son with his housemaid. It was shortly followed by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s separation from his wife Maria Shriver and their divorce was finalized in 2021.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vanessa Williams in Eraser
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vanessa Williams in Eraser

The Total Recall actor has also embroiled his name in several other controversies where various women came forward to accuse him of touching them inappropriately. The actor addressed the matter in a conversation with Men’s Health and said he feels bad for crossing the line so many times in the past.

“Looking back, I stepped over the line several times, and I was the first one to say sorry. I feel bad about it, and I apologize. When I became governor, I wanted to make sure that no one, including me, ever makes this mistake.”

The Austrian Oak added that on becoming the governor, he took several steps to ensure such things wouldn’t happen again in the future.

“That’s why we took s*xual harassment courses, to have a clear understanding, from a legal point of view and also from a regular-behavior point of view, of what is accepted and what is not.”

Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger’s journey has been an inspiring one, many women didn’t accept the apology as well. His apology created a mixed reception as the fans couldn’t forgive him for the fuss he had with his wife.


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