Henry Rollins Draws Twitter's Wrath After Condemning Suicide and Robin Williams' Death in New Op-Ed

Henry Rollins Draws Twitter's Wrath After Condemning Suicide and Robin Williams' Death in New Op-Ed
Henry Rollins has never been shy about sharing his opinions, and the former Black Flag frontman is bound to piss off more than a handful of people with his new editorial for L.A. Weekly. In the piece, Rollins condemns suicide in light of Robin Williams' recent passing.

The column is rather indelicately titled "Fuck Suicide." In it, Rollins offered no shortage of praise for Williams' work as an actor, describing his Good Will Hunting performance as "unimpeachable" and "brave and excellent work." He further added that he thought of Williams as a "good man" for his involvement in United Service Organizations tours.

But he also denounced Williams' suicide on the grounds that he is a parent. Rollins wrote, "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."

He further opined that suicide reduced his enjoyment of an actor or artist's work. He wrote, "I have many records, books and films featuring people who have taken their own lives, and I regard them all with a bit of distain. When someone commits this act, he or she is out of my analog world. I know they existed, yet they have nullified their existence because they willfully removed themselves from life. They were real but now they are not."

Rollins aded that there are about 40,000 reported suicides a year, and that, "In my opinion, that is 40,000 people who blew it."

Read the full piece here.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of people have taken exception to Rollins' words. Many commenters have posted dissenting remarks on Twitter, and some samples can be read below.

This isn't the first time Rollins has condemned suicide; at the bottom of this page, see a video from one of his spoken word performances in which he takes a similar stance. In light of Williams' recent death, however, it's not too surprising that he has raised some hackles.