CONTINUED UPDATE: The second column “More Thoughts on Suicide” was published on LA Weekly this morning.
UPDATE: Rollins has since recanted on his website, stating, “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.” He also said that he has written an additional apology that will be published in LA Weekly sometime today.
Henry Rollins is no stranger to courting controversy, and this afternoon he continued to provoke extreme reactions with his latest op-ed for LA Weekly.
He starts off by questioning the recent passing of Robin Williams and says, “Almost 40,000 people a year kill themselves in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In my opinion, that is 40,000 people who blew it.”
While Rollins mentions having a roommate who dealt with depression, in an attempt to cite some personal experience with the mood disorder, he ultimately comes to the conclusion, “Fuck suicide. Life isn’t anything but what you make it.” Overall, there’s a general lack of empathy throughout his post and the commentators have been quick to step in and disagree, many expressing support for those who are struggling with depression.
If you’re looking for a nice anecdote to Rollins’s opinion, we suggest watching the video that Thor Harris, drummer for Swans and Shearwater, made earlier this week about his own battle with depression.
It’s in association with the Mental Health Channel and it’s right there below.