Henry Rollins Apologizes for Recent Commentary on Robin Williams and Suicide
In a recent column for L.A. Weekly, the always outspoken Henry Rollins had a few choice words for Robin Williams and the act of suicide. The piece — entitled ‘Henry Rollins: F– Suicide’ — found the former Black Flag frontman saying, “It’s hard to feel bad when the person did what they wanted to,” in regards to an individual taking his or her own life. As expected, the story brought a lot of scrutiny and within less than 48 hours, Rollins issued an apology on his personal website.
“That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me. It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result,” Rollins states.
In the communication, the rocker, obviously plagued with disappointment in the way his column was received, says, “I wrote something for the LA Weekly that they will post on Monday. I wanted to get this out at this moment.”
An Apology: http://t.co/YvNvZoTQZn
— henryrollins (@henryrollins) August 23, 2014
Read Rollins’ full statement below:
For the last 9+ hours, I have been answering letters from people from all over the world. The anger is off the scale and in my opinion, well placed.
The article I wrote in the LA Weekly about suicide caused a lot of hurt. This is perhaps one of the bigger understatements of all time. I read all the letters. Some of them were very long and the disappointment, resentment and ringing clarity was jarring.
That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me. It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result.
I have had a life of depression. Some days are excruciating. Knowing what I know and having been through what I have, I should have known better but I obviously did not. I get so mad when I hear that someone has died this way. Not mad at them, mad at whatever got them there and that no one magically appeared to somehow save them.
I am not asking for a break from the caning, take me to the woodshed as much as you see fit. If what I said has caused you to be done with me, I get it.
I wrote something for the LA Weekly that they will post on Monday.
I wanted to get this out at this moment.
I am deeply sorry. Down to my marrow. I can’t think that means anything to you, but I am. Completely sorry. It is not of my interest to hurt anyone but I know I did. Thank you for reading this. Henry
Rollins has a string of spoken-word gigs beginning Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum of Natural History. Get his full schedule here.