“I simply cannot understand how any parent could kill themselves.” —Henry Rollins on Robin WilliamsAugust 21, 2014
Never one to mince words, Henry Rollins has turned his pen on Robin Williams' suicide in the latest entry of his weekly blog series, inviting gobs of controvery in the process. Read an excerpt of Rollins' thoughts below:
“On more than one of my USO tours, Robin Williams had been on the same stage a few days before me. That’s all I needed to know about him. As far as I was concerned, he was a good man.
But it’s here where I step off the train. I am sure some will strongly disagree with what I’m about to say. And I also understand that his personal struggles were quite real. I can’t argue with that.
But I simply cannot understand how any parent could kill themselves.
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.”
You can read the full post, which Rollins' not so surprisingly titled Fuck Suicide, over at LA Weekly.