Robin Williams, Rest in Peace

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August 15, 2014 by gabnormal

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Comedic legend Robin Williams committed suicide on Monday, after many years of personal struggle.

First, the obvious. It’s shocking to see someone who laughed so much be so upset and feel so hopeless, to the point that they would feel the need to commit suicide. It’s also easy to pass judgement on said person when looking in from the outside.

Since his death, just about everyone has passed judgement on Williams, either favorably or unfavorably, mourning his death or labeling him as selfish.

Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has made his feelings about suicide well known when he unfortunately said, “For a putz 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I’m depressed. I live in Seattle.’ Fuck 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 fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd,” Simmons said. “By the way, you walk up to the same guy on a ledge who threatens to jump and put a gun to his head, ‘I’m going to blow your fuckin’ head off.’ He’ll go, ‘Please don’t.’ It’s true. He’s not that insane.”

Such damaging statements were put down by Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, who has battled drug addictions and accompanying depression in the past. “It’s pretty moronic because [Simmons] thinks everybody listens to him, that he is the God of Thunder. He will tell you he is the greatest man on earth, and to be honest with you, I like Gene. But in this situation, I don’t like Gene. I don’t like Gene’s words. There is a 20-year-old kid out there who is a Kiss fan and reads this and goes, ‘You know what? He’s right. I should just kill myself.’ For people who are depressed, there is a way out. There are many, many ways out. And I don’t want people to listen to an interview from a rock star, who’s telling you the only way out is out.”

Sixx announced on his personal Facebook page that he would be discussing Simmons’ words and added, “I have struggled with addiction and depression in my life and I’m glad someone like Gene wasn’t handing out advice when I was looking for help….I am sure I am not alone.”

All of this shows the extreme lack of understanding when it comes to mental illness, especially diseases like depression. It pays to do the research behind a disease before making a judgement on it.

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