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Okay, has the world just gone batshit crazy? First we have the Ferguson policeman killing an unarmed young man, followed by one of their officers calling protesters "fucking animals," and now there's this:

According to the Daily Mail:

"During a report on Monday night about the actor’s legacy, Smith described his death as ‘cowardly’, citing a quote from Williams in which the actor described his children as an inspiration.  ‘One of the children he so loved, one of the children grieving tonight because their father killed himself in a fit of depression,’ Smith said.

Fox News host Shepard 'Shep' Smith has apologized after calling Robin Williams 'such a coward' just hours after he committed suicide.

‘You could love three little things so much, watch them grow, they’re in their mid-20s, and they’re inspiring you, and exciting you, and they fill you up with the kind of joy you could never have known.’

‘And yet, something inside you is so horrible or you’re such a coward or whatever the reason that you decide that you have to end it. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today.’

But he's not the only one. Todd Bridges tweeted that what Williams did was "a very selfish act."

Walk in a tortured man's shoes 100 miles, then maybe you're fit to judge him. Until then, keep your trap shut. In fact, just shut up anyway. You have no idea what this man was going through. Depression is a powerful disease, so powerful that it can claim any one of us. How dare you judge him.

As far as I'm concerned, Shep and Todd, you're only apologizing because of the backlash. Out of the mouth comes the abundance of the heart.

We have lost something as human beings. It's love. It's compassion. It's…just gone and I don't know if it will ever come back.

5:07 PM PT: Shep's Apology:  "I would never presume to know anything about his private life. And if any of his family members and friends were to have seen me use the word “coward,” I would be horrified. I would just like to apologize to the end of the earth to anyone who might think that I meant to openly call him a coward. To the core of my being, I regret it. It just came out of my mouth. And I’m so sorry. And to anyone and their families who see that, I am sorry."

5:10 PM PT: Todd Bridges' apology: "I apologize for my negative comment, and I ask forgiveness for any pain that I have caused anyone."

This is all well and good, but it seems like in situations like these people have a tendency to apologize AFTER the backlash. If there hadn't been pushback, would an apology have come? Guess we'll never know.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. --V for Vendetta

    by WFBMM on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:50:32 PM PDT

  •  Have you seen his apology? (5+ / 0-)

    It seemed very sincere to me.  Perhaps you could add it to your diary.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:59:44 PM PDT

  •  The world had been crazy for a long time (3+ / 0-)

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:13:40 PM PDT

  •  We love Shep when he's sticking it to Fox. (5+ / 0-)

    His apology, while sincere, is interesting-- he's only apologizing for saying it out loud, not for thinking it.  Which, I suppose, makes it even more sincere.  I can totally understanding thinking it, for precisely the reason he gave when he said it.

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:18:42 PM PDT

  •  Funny, Robin might have agreed with him... (3+ / 0-)

    Anyone who has suffered from this difficult disease would appreciate that its victims are the first ones to call themselves cowardly, evil, and just all around rotten people. That is part of the disease.

    See BoiseBlue's rescued diary for a fuller explanation.

    I wonder what Shep's excuse is.

  •  One of the many, many prices of fame. (1+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps the greatest tragedy is that we are so woefully ignorant of what life with fame entails.

    "The only thing worse than being rich and famous, would be to be famous with the riches." - a very good and famous friend

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

    by Greyhound on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 05:39:59 PM PDT

  •  The first obit the Washington Post (4+ / 0-)

    posted was negative and snide.  I was really disgusted with it.  The guy who wrote it (or maybe the editor doing his job) must have gotten some swift feedback because it was revised soon after (without attribution that it had been revised).  Why someone would crab about movies that he didn't like instead of focusing on Robin's long legacy, humanitarian efforts and generous spirit is beyond me.  Robin had died just a few hours before and they couldn't wait to dance on his grave.  Disgusting really.  

  •  Well Shep should know what a coward looks like. (4+ / 0-)

    And I'm not talking about Robin Williams. I think he needs to worry about gathering his own courage before he starts in on anyone suffering from depression.

    You will never see progress if you aren't willing to choose the better choice on the ballot in each and every cycle.

    by sebastianguy99 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 06:05:28 PM PDT

  •  Animosity for suicides (2+ / 0-)
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    thanatokephaloides, OldDragon

    Some people have a lot of animosity for those who commit suicide.  After all, it is just such animosity that was at the core of the movie What Dreams May Come, which Williams starred in, in which the only people who must suffer the torments of Hell are the suicides.

  •  No apologies are acceptable when certain (2+ / 0-)
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    Wildthumb, thanatokephaloides

    things are said.  

    Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

    by gooderservice on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 06:35:50 PM PDT

    •  I agree. These people who just come out and say... (1+ / 0-)
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      I agree. These people who just come out and say horrible things deserve no slack even if their apologies are sincere. They should be forced to have sensitivity counseling during which they have to confront their inner agenda that lets them ditch human decency just to take advantage of some phrasing that allows them to seque into their skewed report on the story.

  •  I even followed a link to a Facebook (2+ / 0-)
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    Wildthumb, thanatokephaloides

    post where a poster "forgave" Robin Williams.  

    Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

    by gooderservice on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 06:37:14 PM PDT

  •  People who end their lives are in a moment of (2+ / 0-)
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    thanatokephaloides, OldDragon

    profound despair, and that moment clouds any chance of reasoning about what you're doing and the effects that it will have. You can't "judge" while you're in that much agony.

    It's painful thinking about that moment of black despair that he went through especially because he was such a helpful, sweet, giving guy. Despair is nobody's fault.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 08:08:25 PM PDT

  •  Don't despair of all humanity. (0+ / 0-)
    We have lost something as human beings. It's love. It's compassion. It's…just gone and I don't know if it will ever come back.
    Please don't despair of all humanity. All these things are still quite common amongst us.

    As are apathy, selfishness, and shallowness. And it seems that this ancient set of enemies of humanity has scored a couple of other hits among the living.

    But that doesn't mean that all other human beings have fallen to these adversaries. The "good guys" are still well in the fight -- as our Diarist and commentators here demonstrate.

    And don't even despair of those who emitted these callous comments. All of us occasionally say really stupid things. Teh Stupid is everywhere, and it bedevils us all. Hopefully, Todd Bridges had a moment of "Jeebus, I said THAT??" and learned his lesson.

    On the other hand, Shep Smith works for Fox News on camera. I'm not as sure there's hope for him; after all, his livelihood depends on his being a shallow, uncaring jerk, at least by appearances.

    But that still doesn't mean that all seven-billion-and-change of the rest of us are so afflicted.


    "I have to remember that while Jesus dined with publicans, there is no record of his consorting with Republicans." -- entlord

    by thanatokephaloides on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:36:24 PM PDT

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