Today the world lost one of the greats. When I say “the world” I don’t mean the world of entertainment, I mean planet earth. Not only was he one of the most talented actors Hollywood has ever seen, Robin Williams came across as such a genuinely nice guy. I think anyone who had a TV growing up in the 90’s, will openly admit that this guy played a fundamental role in their childhood.
Some of his stand out films include Mrs. Doubtfire, Flubber, Hook, Jamanji, Jack and who could forget his performance as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin. While social media receives a lot of criticism for all the cyber bullying, racial hatred and so on, it’s in times like this we see it’s real power and potential. How millions can share their love for a stranger who managed to touch us all. It’s a perverse platform, Twitter. But on days like this it serves its purpose sublimely.
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I’m deeply saddened by this loss. When celebrities pass everyone takes note and openly pays tribute but very few really resonate with us all. Robin did and will.
I saw a lot of comments on twitter from the uneducated saying things like “he had money and a family, why would he be so selfish to take his own life?”. While this may seem a valid question to many, this is a clear case of someone who doesn’t understand Mental Illness. Depression can’t be fully understood. It is unique to every individual. We don’t know what battle he was fighting, but for him to choose that way out it must have been a difficult one. I’m not saying suicide is right, I’m saying we need to educate ourselves on mental illness.
Sad, sad, day… My condolences to Robin’s family. He brought light to every room he entered & was a true comedic genius. #RIPRW
— Jennifer Lopez (@JLo) August 12, 2014
Sure the conspiracy theorists will talk, the twitter trolls will salvage for RT’s and the Insta-addicts will post for likes, but beneath it all, we will all miss Robin Williams.
Other comedians and actors have shown how much of a talent he was.
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) August 12, 2014
A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin Williams heart and soul and talent. This is so sad. #RobinWilliams
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) August 12, 2014