Performance artist Henry Rollins slammed actor and comedian Robin Williams this week for taking his own life.
In a column entitled "F-- Suicide" for the LA Weekly, Rollins compliments Williams for his movies and USO Tours, and calls him a "good man," but then suggests Williams could not have even had a "bad day" because of his success:
When someone with this level of exposure dies in this way, it is confusing. An Oscar-winning actor, well-paid, with a career that most performers could only dream of — how could anyone so well regarded and seemingly fortunate have as much as even a single bad day, much less a life so unendurable that it has to be voluntarily voided?
Rollins then claimed that adults with children, such as Williams, do not have the right to control their own bodies:
How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children? I don’t care how well adjusted your kid might be — 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. So, you don’t kill yourself.
Rollins also recalled an ex-roommate who had depression and took her own life. He remembered how hard her depression was for him:
The hardest part about being around her was you knew there was nothing you could do to help. I get it, but then again, maybe I don’t.
Rollins then claims he doesn't take suicide victims "seriously," but has to "respect" the "decision" they made:
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. Their life wasn’t cut short — it was purposely abandoned. It’s hard to feel bad when the person did what they wanted to. It sucks they are gone, of course, but it’s the decision they made. I have to respect it and move on.
As part of his "respect" for the decision made by suicide victims, Rollins adds:
Almost 40,000 people a year kill themselves in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In my opinion, that is 40,000 people who blew it.
Not surprisingly, Rollins' article was ripped to pieces on Twitter. Vice.com notes some of the tweets to Rollins included:
Dear @henryrollins I challenge you to live w/ debilitating pain every day and not want to kill yourself F-- you.
@henryrollins it's too bad that you feel that way about suicide because you should blow your own f----- brains out for saying such ignorant s---.
@henryrollins: "F--- YOU" for running your mouth and clearly having ZERO understanding depression & suicide.