Henry Rollins called out Robin Williams for committing suicide, and now he’s taking heat for his comments. According to the Mail Online, the former Black Flag frontman thinks that Robin was incredibly selfish for committing suicide and traumatizing his children.
“How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children… choosing to kill yourself, rather than to be there for that child, is every shade of awful, traumatic, and confusing. I think as soon as you have children, you waive your right to take your own life. No matter what mistakes you make in life, it should be your utmost goal not to traumatize your kids.”
Henry Rollins’ Robin Williams comments have caused quite a firestorm on the internet. Several people have taken to social media to voice their opinions on Rollins and his insensitivity on the matter. Many feel that a person who says such things about suicide doesn’t really understand how serious depression is.
Rollins may have been coming from a “good” place, but the way that he delivered his message wasn’t good by any means. Of course, it’s hard to think about Williams’ children, and what they must be going through… but it’s not easy for someone who is severely depressed to just get over it because they have children… or because there is one or two positives in their life. Some people just don’t get it.
Thinking about getting my WWHRD (What Would Henry Rollins Do) tattoo removed.
— Gerard Mulligan (@GerardMulligan1) August 22, 2014
I just lost all the respect for Henry Rollins that I never had.
— Fun_Beard (@Fun_Beard) August 22, 2014
“I’m really angry about stuff I don’t understand!” -Henry Rollins — Ristolable (@Ristolable) August 22, 2014
Time to retire all those Henry Rollins shirts. Yikes. — Mitch Clem (@mitchclem) August 22, 2014
Next week on Henry Rollins: “Give me your lunch money, dyslexia.”
— Daniel Kibblesmith (@kibblesmith) August 22, 2014
As you can see, a lot of people are furious with Henry Rollins, who called himself a fan of Robin Williams but says that he no longer feels bad for him.
“I no longer take this person seriously. I may be able to appreciate what he or she did artistically but it’s impossible to feel bad for them.”
And closing with that got the attention of actor Tom Arnold, who tweeted a pretty powerful response.
Always wanted to like and respect Henry Rollins but right now I’m considering killing myself just so I never existed to him.
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) August 21, 2014
Robin Williams committed suicide on Monday, August 11. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, several of Williams’ friends posted heartfelt messages about him online after his tragic death. You can read many of those messages here.
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