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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thoughts on Robin Williams (RIP) & My Facebook Keffufle About It

The day Robin Williams died, I posted on Facebook, “So far I have 10 Robin Williams is dead posts. Is he going to the top like the 'Fast and Furious' guy? Sad for his close loved ones and their loss. Not sad that another hate-filled Leftist is gone. Way way way too much is said about entertainers' passing and the real contributors to improving the quality of our lives are passed over without a whisper. RIP”

All those postings were done within minutes of the discovery and reporting of his death. The negative responses I got to my post felt similar I guess to Christopher Hitchens saying bad things about Mother Teresa. One dare not be critical of popular personalities. The Robin Williams postings continued throughout the day, and the media coverage dominated throughout the week, that lede story making the rest of the news secondary.  Like Paul Walker of “Fast and Furious” fame it never ends. As I pointed out, many have contributed much more to the quality of our lives than actors and acting does.

I said correctly that this is a big loss for his friends, family and loved ones. So far so good. The rest got me in hot water. He was funny, especially at the beginning of his career, but became a bit too manic for me later on and ceased to be funny to me.   

His Statist positions, supporting totalitarianism by bashing, severely, those that disagreed with him, took him off my appreciation list in the mid-1990’s. I watched hours of CSPAN in those days, probably more hours of that than regular programming. That’s where I saw the overwhelming hatred, intolerance and bigotry of Williams; couched in “comedy” so it didn’t appear so offensive. Not like alleged comedian Kathy Griffin now, who calls people sluts and fuckin’ whatever’s, and even attacking the friends and families of people she disagrees with. Williams wasn’t that blatant, but the meanings were clear. It both saddened and angered me from then on. It’s upsetting when people use their popularity to disparage, demean and insult others that really have no recourse to respond or defend.

Williams did make charitable contributions, which is good, and gave time to the troops and others, which is good. Many people do both at all levels of income and ability. There is nothing that detracts from the good he did. When I weigh those good acts though, against his Statist ideology, and his bashing people not of like mind, to me it outweighs those acts of good. A friend was listening to FM radio the day after his death, and they had an about ten minute playing of Williams’ comedy as a tribute. He said two or three minutes were Sarah Palin bashing.

Often when a Conservative or prominent Christian dies, there is practically rejoicing or flat out rejoicing in the Jurassic Press, and usually crickets. The one that most comes to mind as I write this, is when Tony Snow, Fox News reporter, editor, writer, commentator, that finished his career before he died of cancer, as GW Bush’s Press Secretary. His death was celebrated by Leftists and several in the Democrat Party. Comments like ‘glad he dead’ and hope that his death was painful were abundant. Here’s a couple statements after Snow’s death at the age of 53: “There is special place in hell for Mr. Snow. As a co-conspirator of the Bush administration, I have no special sympathy for him. I only wish his suffering were more prolonged.” … and “I hope he suffered at the end. Just a terrible person.” This is not uncommon to read if you get news from other sources than the Jurassic Press of these kinds of things being said of people that don’t worship as practitioners of the Religion of State and Cultural Degradation.

Something else untoward of the coverage by the Jurassic Press and the entertainment media, is the over-hype, the incessant non-stop coverage, violating the privacy and grief of loved ones and family. There is no “need to know” that is driving the main stream media. The incessant clamoring of them for details of the death, especially something as tragic of the suicide of someone that “had it all”, is repugnant. Showing up at their homes is repugnant and pestering family members is repugnant. 

In this case specifically there’s something that has been apparently overlooked, either by ignorance or design. Lt. Keith Boyd came out to announce the initial autopsy results, and began the press conference with, “My last name is spelled B-O-Y-D,” and ended with “Media inquiries should continue to be directed to me, Lieutenant Keith Boyd, via my e-mail,” and then spelled it out. This is despicable, and he should have been called out by the Jurassic Press and the primary outlet for low information voters, the entertainment media.

Williams was a talented and gifted man, but not a great man. He was not a genius, anymore than a successful football coach is a genius. We should all grieve at the loss of any life we’re aware of, and altruistically for all who die “before their time”, but not to the extent popular people are. When I see” man in the street” interviews with people weeping at the loss of someone they only know because they were in movies or TV, I’m saddened that so much of that person’s emotions and beliefs are invested in someone so secondary in their lives.

Robin Williams, we’re sorry you passed on, that you thought your life was no longer worth living. We are saddened by your family and loved one’s loss. RIP

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