Henry Rollins Apologizes for Comments on Suicide
By Kevin Rutherford
Henry Rollins has apologized for statements he made on suicide in the wake of Robin Williams’ death in a column for L.A. Weekly, with, he promises, a longer column addressing the comments coming in the paper next week.
In a post on his website titled “An Apology,” Rollins calls much of the outrage over his initial column “well placed” and that the fact that it hurt anyone “disgusts” him.
“I am not asking for a break from the caning, take me to the woodshed as much as you see fit,” he wrote. “If what I said has caused you to be done with me, I get it.”
He added: “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.”
Rollins gained attention for an article published on Thursday (Aug. 21) in which he railed against suicide and said that he “simply cannot understand how any parent could kill themselves.” The piece was written partly in response to the suicide of Williams on Aug. 11.
“I no longer take this person seriously,” Rollins wrote. “I may be able to appreciate what he or she did artistically but it’s impossible to feel bad for them. Their life wasn’t cut short — it was purposely abandoned. It’s hard to feel bad when the person did what they wanted to. It sucks they are gone, of course, but it’s the decision they made. I have to respect it and move on.”
Read the full text of Rollins’ apology 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
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