After the news came out that iconic comedian Robin Williams committed suicide after dealing with bouts of depression and alcoholism, everyone seemed to have an opinion. For one famous voice, his previous words are coming back to haunt him.
Robin Williams' death brought the news media to a halt on Monday night. When it was revealed that Williams had killed him, much needed attention was brought to the disease of depression and other repercussions of alcohol and drug use. While many have offered their support and well wishes to the Williams family, some in the right wing media have taken a different approach.
Fox News host Shepard Smith referred to Williams as a "coward" for committing suicide but has since offered an apology. Right wing radio host Rush Limbaugh blamed a "leftist political attitude" for Williams' death. Another name that is getting attention is the lead singer to the rock band Kiss, Gene Simmons. During an interview released this week but taken on July 31, Simmons spoke with songfacts.com and spoke about dealing with people with addictions or depression. Simmons said that those people should just kill themselves.
"Drug addicts and alcoholics are always, 'The world is a harsh place.' My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear fuck all about 'the world as a harsh place.' She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, 'I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.' F**k you, then kill yourself.
I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I'm the guy who says 'Jump!' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump.' Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f**k up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd."
When the interview was released to the public, Twitter reacted harshly against Simmons, with many telling their own personal stories of depression. Simmons interview was just over a week before Robin Williams' death brought depression back into the conversation, but now it seems as it Simmons might want to walk back those statements.