Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, however insensitive, ex-Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins has written an LA Weekly column entitled "Fuck Suicide". The "think-piece" focusses on the death of the recently deceased actor Robin Williams and condemns his suicide – Rollins even goes as far as to say that he doesn't take people who kill themselves seriously.
"When someone negates their existence, they cancel themselves out in my mind," he writes. "I have many records, books and films featuring people who have taken their own lives, and I regard them all with a bit of disdain."
"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. I no longer take this person seriously."
Rollins also trots out the widely-circulated (and woefully inaccurate) take on suicide that it's a horribly selfish act to commit. Writing about Williams' recent death, Rollins also completely misses the point that being a famous movie star with lots of money doesn't make your exempt from the perils of mental health problems.
"An Oscar-winning actor, well-paid, with a career that most performers could only dream of," Rollins says. "How could anyone so well regarded and seemingly fortunate have as much as even a single bad day, much less a life so unendurable that it has to be voluntarily voided?"
Rollins ends his column with the sentence "Raw Power Forever".
Read the whole thing here.
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