Henry Rollins Has Apologized For His Comments On Robin Williams And Suicide

Henry Rollins released an apology on website for his controversial column that ran Thursday on LA Weekly’s blog. The post, titled “F*ck Suicide,” had many upset and condemning Rollins opinions on depression, suicide, and the death of Robin Wiliams.

Many of the remarks across the Internet refer to Rollins as moronic, misguided, ignorant, and wrong, all I’m sure Rollins heard himself and led to him penning this quick apology on his website:

The article I wrote in the LA Weekly about suicide caused a lot of hurt. This is perhaps one of the bigger understatements of all time. I read all the letters. Some of them were very long and the disappointment, resentment and ringing clarity was jarring.

That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me. It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result.

I have had a life of depression. Some days are excruciating. Knowing what I know and having been through what I have, I should have known better but I obviously did not. I get so mad when I hear that someone has died this way. Not mad at them, mad at whatever got them there and that no one magically appeared to somehow save them.

I am not asking for a break from the caning, take me to the woodshed as much as you see fit. If what I said has caused you to be done with me, I get it.

I’m not sure that this apology or whatever he has written for LA Weekly on Monday will fly over well with his critics, but it’s better than saying nothing. It was knee jerk column with a lot to disagree with, but he’s entitled to his opinion. Hopefully it makes it a little clearer that depression and suicide isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ problem.

(Via Henry Rollins)