Trolls Drive Robin Williams' Daughter Zelda Off Social Media

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Robin Williams’ 25-year-old daughter Zelda Williams is taking a sabbatical from social media after being harassed by her father’s alleged fans, some who criticized her for not posting more pictures of him on Instagram.

Zelda said she is taking time away from Twitter and Instagram while she “heals” and will decide later whether to delete the accounts altogether.

She called the hurtful messages from users “cruel and unnecessary.”

She posted a picture of a butterfly to her Instagram account Wednesday with the caption:

I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or 'selfies'. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I'm grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they'll remain there. They would've wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That's not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo

Other anonymous users criticized Williams, who committed suicide on Monday, on his daughter’s social media accounts. Some reportedly sent her Photoshopped hurtful images of the late actor, the New York Daily News reported.

I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.

— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 13, 2014

Many of the commenters were reported and their remarks were removed.

"As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car," she wrote in a statement Tuesday. "Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too."

Sources: MediaiteNew York Daily News

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons / Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy