Wednesday, August 13, 2014

8.13.14 Bee-otches of the Day: people who bash Robin Williams' death

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Bee-otched For: bashing Robin Williams 

It's still hard to believe that Robin Williams is dead.

It was 7 p.m. Monday night when the news broke that the comedic legend died. I was in the middle of prepping for the day's Bee-otch of the Day, and knew that instead, Robin had to be honored.

Most people were very saddened over Robin's passing. Billy Crystal tweeted "No Words." Whoopi Goldberg dittoed Crystal's statement as well. Even the great cartoonist Mike Peters drew this heart-wrenching editorial honoring the comic legend.

But some people weren't as sympathetic.

When the news broke Monday, it was immediately revealed that Williams died from a suicide. Yesterday, the coroner revealed that he was hanging from a belt and there were possible slashes on his wrists. It is not known if those cuts were suicide-related as Williams did not leave behind a suicide note.

And because of that, people decided to rag on the troubled actor for doing something some call "the coward's way out".

Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges told TMZ "You don't think that my life has been hell and I've had so many ups and downs now? If I did that, what am I showing my children -- that when it gets tough that's the way out? No. You gotta buckle down, ask God to help you. That's when prayer really comes into effect." Bridges - one of the last-surviving stars on that iconic late 70's/early 80's TV classic - eventually apologized for his remarks. Same went with Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, who broke the news of Williams' passing on the right-winged hate net, claiming "And yet, something inside you is so horrible or you're such a coward or whatever the reason that you decide that you have to end it." Smith apologized for his statement, but that's not the only time he's ever apologized, as we all know.

So, you have a clinical disease like depression or maybe cancer or other symptoms that may/not not be curable. For you, the only cure is suicide. Does that make you a coward? Does that mean that others who have killed themselves - such as Kurt Cobain, Don Cornelius or Ernest Hemingway - are cowards? Somewhere on this earth right now, somebody is enjoying "Smells Like Teen Spirit", watching some old school Soul Train or reading "The Old Man and the Sea". These people were visionaries who faced personal demons and they though the only way out was killing themselves.

As I mentioned a few times, I dated a woman who battled depression. I tried my damndest to make her happy, but even a "I love you" would make her cry. In her situation, she didn't have health insurance and didn't have the needed medication to even her out. Her problems led to our break-up.

True, Robin Williams was rich. He had a loving wife - although married thrice - and three kids. However, it's likely that Williams' depression started as a kid, plus the fact that he had open heart surgery five years ago caused him to slow down. My ex-stepfather had a heart bypass a few years ago and he wasn't the same person. It's one reason why he and my mother divorced.

I think that suicide is a very serious issue and if you're feeling depressed or suicidal, it's time to talk to loved ones or even a doctor. I think Robin did his best to fight his disease, but the struggle was too much. But, let's remember that in 63 years, he's helped the homeless with Comic Relief, supported the troops with USO, helped sick kids with St. Jude's and most of all, entertained us.

Rest in Peace, Robin. Make God laugh and na nu na nu.


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