Henry Rollins has some harsh opinions about Robin Williams’s suicide. The musician and spoken word artist has penned a new post for LA Weekly, and the piece, posted on Thursday, makes it clear that he lost some respect for the troubled Oscar winner after he made the choice to take his own life.
Rollins did praise Williams for his talent as actor and for his past performances on USO tours, even describing him as “a good man,” but the outspoken musician couldn’t get past the actor’s decision to commit suicide, especially since Williams was a father of three.
"How in the hell could you possibly do that to your children?" Rollins wrote. "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."
The former Black Flag frontman touched on Williams's personal struggles and battle with depression, but it didn’t stop him from adding that “it's impossible to feel bad” for someone who takes his or her own life.
“Their life wasn't cut short,” he wrote. “It was purposely abandoned. It's hard to feel bad when the person did what they wanted to."
While Rollins assessment of Williams's suicide is undeniably harsh, he’s not the first person to criticize the late actor for his final act. On the day of Williams’ death, Fox News host Shepard Smith called the actor “such a coward” for taking his own life. During his Fox News broadcast, the news anchor read a quote from Williams about his daughter Zelda, then said, “One of the children he so loved, one of the children grieving tonight, because their father killed himself in a fit of depression.”
He then went on to add, "It's hard to imagine, isn't it? You could love three little things so much, watch them grow, and they're in their mid-20s and they're inspiring you and exciting you and they fill you up with a kind of joy you can never have known. Yet something inside you is so horrible, or you're such a coward, or whatever the reason that you decide have you to end it. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today.”
Smith later apologized for his reckless remarks about depression and suicide in an interview with Mediaite. As for Henry Rollins, his piece wasn't a careless off-the-cuff comment; it was a well thought out blog post reflecting his opinion about the final act of a beloved star. Rollins knows you probably won't agree with him. So let the backlash begin.