Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by ethics, Aug 11, 2014.
Now this sucks. 63, apparent suicide.
I had heard that he had always dealt with severe depression. It's hard to fathom, as much as people loved him.
Wow. That's totally sad.
I was surprised by the number of people who were happy about it. I get that you may not like a particular celebrity, but to claim happiness over another person's suicide is pretty gross in my book.
Caleb Wilde is a Pennsylvania funeral director (who has suffered mental health issues) who had a nice post about Williams:
CONFESSIONS OF A FUNERAL DIRECTOR » Robin Williams: Finding the Silver Lining
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.
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.
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!
Mashable just posted this and it's great!
10 Unscripted Moments That Showed the Real, Wonderful Robin Williams
Great tribute by Norm MacDonald.
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.
Well said, Allene. I think this pic describes what you are saying:
Personally? I think that should be illegal. But that's just me.
There's got to be some sort of control that could be leveraged to bring punitive charges against those assholes.
Facebook removed the posts (ooooh, so tough) and twitter banned the accounts. To me, that's bs.
I'd hand over the IP information to the FBI, myself.
I saw that somewhere else tonight and thought it was disgusting too.
Apparently, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
He also had Lewy body disease. I'd never heard of it before and it apparently has similar symptoms to dementia and Parkinson's.
The terrorist inside my husband's brain
What Is LBD? | Lewy Body Dementia Association