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RIP Robin Williams

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by ethics, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Now this sucks. 63, apparent suicide. :(
  2. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member


    I had heard that he had always dealt with severe depression. It's hard to fathom, as much as people loved him.
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  3. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Wow. That's totally sad.
  4. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

  5. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative

    Robin had severe bipolar and co-occuring disorders. That meant he was self medicating on things like cocaine. Thankfully, he kicked those and stayed clean for years.

    I share a lot of his qualities. I can "turn up" my bipolar to be sociable, pleasant, engaging and the life of the party. I pay for it later, when all I want to do is blow my brains out.

    His highs were astronomical next to mine. His lows must have been just as devastating.

    The creativity and spontaneity he displayed are classic symptoms of mania. Running around at 1000 mph, doing the least expected thing. Yeah, I've been there. It's all fun and games, until the mania wears off and the depression sets in.

    I remember the interviews about him in Good Morning Vietnam. They said in the studio scenes they just turned the cameras on and let him go at it for an hour or so.

    Suicide does not end the chances of life getting worse. Suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better.
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  6. Andy


    Everyone is going on about his comedy, yet he touched me most in his serious stuff, dead poets, Garp, fisher king, and somewhat ironic now ' what dreams may come' where he is trying to save his wife from hell after her suicide.
    When I heard this in chat on wildstar yesterday I immediately thought of rorschac's Pagliacci joke from Watchmen which deals with the funny clown being sad and depressed himself.

    Amazing how many funny people over the years are the complete opposite on the inside and turn to this, we nearly lost Artie Lange to the same thing.

    I do know this, no one will ever be able to replace him. The world definitely got less funny yesterday, forever.
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  7. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Probably my favorite actor and comedian of all time. From funny man to serious actor, I loved pretty much everything he was ever in.

    He was also often cited as one of the nicest men. From the HBO specials for the homeless to countless overseas trips for our troops, he was always giving.

    On Sirius this morning I was listening to one of the comedy channels and they were interviewing some comic I had never heard of. He was recalling a story when he met Robin at a comedy cafe when he was first starting out. As Robin was about to leave, this comic walked up to him and asked him for his advice in the industry. Instead of leaving as planned, Robin asked the young comic to sit down and spent the next hour giving him advice.

    That's just the kind of guy he was I guess. It's sad that the depression won out over that.

    RIP Robin Williams.....thank you for the decades of laughs and joy!
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  8. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

  9. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

  10. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Andy, you have put your finger on something I've observed for years--humor being used to mask pain. Robin Williams was a more extreme example, of course, and his eyes didn't go with his humor. I always thought he had sad eyes. Yes, I loved him in Dead Poets Society too.

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  11. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Well said, Allene. I think this pic describes what you are saying:

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  12. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Yes, exactly!
  13. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Absolutely disgusting.

  14. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Personally? I think that should be illegal. But that's just me.
  15. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    There's got to be some sort of control that could be leveraged to bring punitive charges against those assholes.
  16. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Facebook removed the posts (ooooh, so tough) and twitter banned the accounts. To me, that's bs.
  17. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    I'd hand over the IP information to the FBI, myself.
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  18. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    I saw that somewhere else tonight and thought it was disgusting too.
  19. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

  20. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

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