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The Soapbox: Calling Suicide Selfish Is Selfish

The Soapbox: Calling Suicide Selfish Is Selfish
On Thoughts Of Suicide
Depression, Suicide & What I Do When I Need To Get Through The Day
How this struggling woman overcame her suicidal ideation. Read More »

Selfish (adj.): Lacking concern for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.

Death is not profitable or pleasurable. It’s just nothing. It’s just not suffering. It has nothing to do with benefiting or not benefiting oneself or others. Saying that someone was selfish for having committed suicide is like saying that it was selfish of a person caught on fire to scream in agony.

When the topic of suicide is brought to the table, my primary concern isn’t to address people who have suicidal ideation. Everyone else is already doing that: They say, if you’re depressed or thinking about suicide, please seek help. Keep reading »

An Open Letter To Zelda Williams: You Are A Survivor — And So Am I

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Deleting your Twitter is the best thing you could’ve done, but I hope this letter still finds you.

Dear Zelda,

When I heard the news, I thought of you. I realize that no amount of consolation or sympathy will make it easier to grieve. But I want you to know that I know what you’re going through. I know what you’re feeling — overwhelming grief, anger, sadness. You’re probably a little numb, too.

You are a survivor. I, too, am a survivor. My father committed suicide when I was nine. Read more on YourTango…

Robin Williams’ Wife: He Was Suffering The Early Stages Of Parkinson’s

RIP Robin Williams
Breaking News: Actor Robin Williams Dead In Apparent Suicide
The legendary actor is dead at 63 from suicide. Read More »
On Thoughts Of Suicide
Depression, Suicide & What I Do When I Need To Get Through The Day
How this struggling woman overcame her suicidal ideation. Read More »
Robin And Koko
That Time Robin Williams Became Buds With Koko The Gorilla
Remember that time Robin Williams met Koko the Gorilla? Read More »
  • Robin Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement today sharing that the comedian was sober at the time of his suicide and had been battling the beginnings of Parkinson’s disease along with depression and anxiety. [LA Times]
  • The Broadway production of “Aladdin” paid special tribute to Williams with an audience sing-a-long, and Broadway lights dimmed last night in his honor. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Twitter is changing its policies after cyberbullying regarding her father’s death pushed Zelda Williams to take a break from social media. [Pink Is The New Blog] Keep reading »

Major PR Firm Encourages Businesses To Profit Off Robin Williams’ Death

  • Today in tastelessness: Edelman, the largest PR firm in the world, published a blog post encouraging businesses and mental health agencies to capitalize on Robin Williams’ death with a “visible and aggressive” approach on their social media accounts and websites. The post claimed that Williams’ passing created a “carpe diem moment” for businesses (a pun on his film “Dead Poets Society”), and added that “there’s a very careful line they need to walk so as to not seem exploitive of a terrible situation but at the same time, it is a national teachable moment that shouldn’t be ignored.” Skeevy. [Business Insider]
  • Lisa Jakub, the actress who played the teen daughter in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” wrote a touching essay about working alongside Williams. [LisaJakub.Wordpress.com]
  • In other Williams news, he will be memorialized with a non-playable character in “World of Warcraft” as a nod to his love of gaming. [Variety] Keep reading »

It’s A Shame That Some Obituaries Focus On Lauren Bacall’s Beauty & Love Life Over Her Talent

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Two Hollywood legends passed this week — Robin Williams, 63, on Monday morning, and Lauren Bacall, 89, on Tuesday night. They died in extremely different ways, but both were household names who’d been in numerous iconic films. These two deaths are being handled very differently — Bacall’s obituaries and remembrances are far more focused on her sex appeal than her career.

It’s understandable to mention an iconic actress’ beauty in an obituary, especially one who was discovered while working as a fashion model. I’m not suggesting that Lauren Bacall’s great beauty should be off-limits entirely. And to a certain extent, the emphasis on Bacall’s old Hollywood glamour is also understandable — her scandalous romance with Humphrey Bogart is far more interesting to most people, I’m sure, than Robin Williams’ three marriages. Yet the way some of her obits have been written make it seem as though Bacall was more famous for her looks and her husbands than for her over-half-a-century-long career in which she appeared in some of Hollywood’s biggest films, like “The Big Sleep,” “How To Marry A Millionaire,” and “Misery.” Writes blogger Tracy McVeigh in the UK’s Guardian, “It’s often the case with beautiful women that their achievements can be undone by people transfixed by their smouldering celluloid gaze.”

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That Time Robin Williams Became Buds With Koko The Gorilla

That Time Robin Williams Became Buds With Koko The Gorilla
These Two Totally Clicked

In light of Robin Williams’ passing on Monday, The Gorilla Foundation reminded the world that the actor touched more than just human hearts with his talent and kindness. Back in 2001, Williams met famed gorilla Koko, who communicates using sign language, and the pair instantly connected. Above is video of their first meeting, which Williams called “unforgettable.” Gorilla Foundation president, and Koko’s foster mother, Dr. Penny Patterson said, “Koko, like us, can sense a person’s nature and in this case, she was quickly drawn to Robin’s warm heart.” Upon learning of Williams’ death from suicide, Patterson communicated the news to Koko, who, according to a press release sent to Buzzfeed, “became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering.” Meanwhile, I am reduced to a puddle of tears. [Buzzfeed]

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