Henry Rollins Mans Up: ‘I Cannot Defend the Views I Expressed’

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Henry Rollins (David Livingston/Getty Images)

Henry Rollins (David Livingston/Getty Images)

By Brian Ives 

Last week, Henry Rollins wrote a controversial post for his L.A. Weekly column, titled “F–K Suicide.” In it, he expressed admiration for the talent of the late Robin Williams talent, but said of Williams and anyone else who has committed suicide: “When someone negates their existence, they cancel themselves out in my mind…I no longer take this person seriously.”

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Predictably, many found this offensive and blasted the punk-rock legend across social media and websites. Rollins took to his official website over the weekend to issue an apology, and said, “I wrote something for the L.A. Weekly that they will post on Monday.”

Today, his latest column was published, titled “More Thoughts on Suicide.”

“As you might imagine, I got a few letters about my recent column about suicide,” he wrote. “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.”

Rollins noted that he read and responded to much of the criticism. “It was obvious that I had some work to do in order to educate myself further on this very complex and painful issue. I am quite thick-headed, but not so much that things don’t occasionally permeate.” He added, “I am always eager to learn something. I promise that I will dig in and educate myself on this and do my best to evolve. Again, thank you.”

“I cannot defend the views I expressed,” he continued. “I think that would be taking an easy out. I put them out there plainly and must suffer the slings and arrows—fair enough. I won’t attempt to dodge them.”

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