Henry Rollins Pens Follow-Up Column Addressing Negative Feedback on Suicide Comments
Though he apologized for the hurt he caused with his recent column on Robin Williams and suicide, Henry Rollins has penned a new piece for LA Weekly as promised. The rocker addresses the response, his views and again apologizes to those who were offended by his comments.
In the piece, Rollins begins, “As you might imagine, I got a few letters about my recent column about suicide. Actually, it was a lot of letters. For days. I read them. No matter how angry or instructive, I appreciate them all because they were written with complete sincerity, even if some had only two words, the second being ‘you.’”
He adds, “I am quite thick-headed, but not so much that things don’t occasionally permeate. In the piece, I said there are some things I obviously don’t get. So I would like to thank you for taking the time to let me know where you’re coming from. None of it was lost on me.” While Rollins says he can’t defend the views he expressed, that doesn’t mean he can’t learn from the outcry.
Rollins reveals in the piece that he has battled depression all his life and while he has found ways to adapt and cope, he adds that part of why he has taken exception to those who take their own lives is partly because he’s personally never had to deal with severe depression.
He explains, “The power of severe depression was brought up quite a bit in the letters I received. Your anger toward me on this, believe me, I got it.”
Rollins goes on to state that he has wrestled with the idea of suicide, especially when it pertains to those who have an audience, have kids or both. “I feel nothing but debt to my audience. I will try to my hardest, but I will never be able to even the books,” says Rollins. “Like I said, I am trying to evolve on this.”
The rocker concludes, “I got several letters thanking me for what I said. However, it was the ones that took me to task that made me think the most. To those I offended, I believe you and I apologize. If what I wrote causes you to toss me out of your boat, it is to my great regret, but I understand and thank you for your thoughts.”