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Todd Bridges Apologizes For Calling Robin Williams' Suicide "Very Selfish"


(AllHipHop News) Twitter pride strikes again. Minutes after news broke that Robin Williams had committed suicide, Todd Bridges described it as a “very selfish act.”

Monday (August 11th), Robin Williams was announced to have committed suicide  in his home in California. In a consecutive tweets on his personal Twitter account, the former Diff’rent Strokes actor remarked that the suicide was a very selfish act:

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Bridges soon faced criticism over his comments and quickly apologized for the timing of his statements. In his explanation for his comments, Bridges revealed that a friend of his committed suicide seven months before Williams. In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Bridges stated that

What I meant by saying it’s a selfish act was to say that he wasn’t thinking of us. I know that we all have demons and we have things that we chase and things that we have to deal with. But, we’re the ones really suffering around this now. I’m driving in my car sometimes and I just start crying.

Check out the full interview between Todd Bridges and Don Lemon here.

  • The Legendary Troll

    f is you apologizing for? you right it is selfish

    • AKAJim

      You are completely ignorant. Educate yourself and try again……

  • Christopher Thompson

    There was no need for Willis to apologize, he only stated the truth! Suicide is a very selfish act. When you take your own life he’s saying to hell with my loved ones and everybody that he will leave behind!

    • AKAJim

      You are completely ignorant. Educate yourself and try again…..

  • Brindle

    Willis is speaking truth, depression is the ultimate of selfish emotions and suicide is the ultimate of selfish actions… but wait, why you crying over the death of Robin Williams while you driving?

    • AKAJim

      You are completely ignorant. Educate yourself and try again….

  • Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin’

    I think suicide is only selfish when you got children. Btw he was 63, you already lived so long and you still decide to commit suicide? You might as well ride it out.

    • William Witherz

      That’s what I was saying… he did so much and lived so long, fought those demons so many times and won… to end it at 63 years old? Decide to hang yourself? No one will know ever what was going on that mind. He was sooooo goofy too, so hard to imagine a man like that not being able to laugh at himself and keep it movin.

      • AKAJim

        You are completely ignorant. Educate yourself and try again

      • William Witherz

        Perhaps you can educate me on cutting and pasting… as you have seemed to do on several comments on this story. Why don’t you actually say something instead of throwing empty insults? I can throw insults as well: Your wife is completely unattractive. Get rid of that bish and try again.

      • Christopher Thompson

        Yeah likk yoself AKA Jim, you punk mofo!

      • AKAJim

        Suck yourself troll.

      • AKAJim

        You don’t know how to cut and paste yet? Yes, I have posted the same thing several times, because all have posted is, in fact, repetitive. And they aren’t empty insults. It is a fact that you are ignorant of the issues involved, and you SHOULD educate yourself.

      • William Witherz

        It is a fact that what I stated was my opinion. Nowhere in my comment did I imply anything that an educated person would take as fact, nor did I imply having knowledge of the issues. Perhaps you should educate yourself on the difference between fact and opinion before you try to school someone in the comments section of a hip hop website. Especially with a wife who has a face like that.

      • AKAJim

        Sorry. Sometimes I get to where I can’t tell the difference between a thoughtful, kind, poster and an idiot. Couldn’t tell the difference.

        You also need to learn that in a world where all we see are characters on a screen, it helps if you differentiate your use of fact verses opinion in writing.

    • AKAJim

      You are completely ignorant. Educate yourself and try again!

      • AKAJim

        Christopher Thompson
        You are the ignorant one here. Go back to the sick troll world you crawled out of.

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  • pauleyPee

    So I’ve been depressed a couple different times in my life. And lord knows how much you’re not thinking about anybody else… But it’s not in a way that one would feel during a burglary… It’s in a way that one would feel during an intense stomach ache. So I have a different attitude towards suicide… And I’m just sorry that Robin didn’t feel like he had an intimate enough connection with someone that he could lean on them to help alleviate whatever emotional suffering he was enduring. With that said, I’m glad he doesn’t have to suffer anymore. At the same time, I’m sad for his children. I’m sad for all of his fans, including myself. It’s just a lose-lose situation… And it’s forever. It just goes to prove that emotional turmoil is no joke.

  • jacksjus

    If anyone has enough credibility to make a comment it’s Todd Bridges. I think his comment was spot on.

    • Brooklyn Stoop

      i was gonna say the same thing
      if nagas know HIS story (dudes male manager used to molest him, drugs, arrest etc etc) then you gotta give him a slide

      • jacksjus

        Damn I didn’t know about his manager.

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        i heard the story a while back. the manager had him suckin him off and told him that was the path to man hood or some crap. yeah dude got a story. but when i heard him say that, all the drug use and arrest made sense. i think his parents was abusing him physically and stealing his money (unless i got the money stealing mixed up)

      • Sy

        But was he dealing with depression and a mental illness….

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        dude used drugs to deal with the things that happen to him and stayed getting in and out of trouble with law because of his demons
        he over came them
        if you dont think he battled with depression from being molested, abused and whatever else happen to him, then get in contact with that brother and ask him

      • Sy

        I don’t have time to get in contact with Todd Bridges. Todd Bridges may have been depressed, but it was because of sequences of events that happened in his life and how he reacted to them, but it wasn’t a MENTAL ILLNESS, meaning that Robin Williams “brain” was not performing correctly. It’s like taking someone with a broken finger and comparing them to someone with a broken spirit, and saying that they both “broke something”…so they understand one another. Learn a little about mental illnesses and better equip yourself. .

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        how bout this
        what is mental illness
        you said robin williams brain wasnt “performing correctly”, what exactly do that mean? and why are you not associating that with todd bridges? mentally he wasnt right after the molestation which is why he turned to drugs which led to him being arrested multiply times as i stated b4. when he told the story of being molested by his manager is when he stopped getting in trouble and got off the drugs ACCORDING TO HIS interview. so maybe the definition of mental illness have to be addressed first cause your saying the brother didnt suffer and im trying to figure out how you came to that conclusion

      • Sy

        The difference is this…mental illness is a “medical condition”, and what Todd Bridges went through was “psychological trauma”. Psychological trauma can be treated, in many cases, by a psychologist, but a psychologist can rarely help someone with a mental illness because mental illnesses have more to do with chemical imbalances, so you have to administer drugs. So when I said that Robin Williams brain wasn’t “performing correctly”, I mean that the actual physical hard-wiring of his neural pathways…”inside his brain” were off, and that’s why people with mental illnesses don’t need anything bad to happen to them in order to feel depressed. Todd Bridges, on the other hand, went through bad experiences and acted out….so those are two totally different situations.

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        they just found out robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson…………so what do that have to do with mental illness and was robin Williams legally/medically diagnose as having mental illness?

      • AKAJim

        Yes.

    • AKAJim

      You are completely ignorant. Educate yourself and try again…

  • TruthSerum

    Robin Williams was a grown man and made his own decision. I’m not happy to see him go but I respect every man’s right to live the way they choose to, and die the way they choose if that’s what they feel is right.

    If his loved ones and the people he left behind gave a damn about him they would have seen how miserable he was and intervened beforehand. If you so close to the man there is no way possible you wouldn’t have noticed the signs.

    People always have so much to say after the fact, but I have to wonder how many of these people took the time out of their day to reach out to him while he was here. People don’t just up and off themselves after one bad night, he’s probably been depressed for ages.

    Ironically, most of the people calling his suicide “Selfish” are only saying that because their upset about how his death is Affecting THEM………… Talk about hypocrites.

  • $18592567

    suicide is for lames unless you’re terminally ill and the pain is too much to deal with. Cocaine and amphetamines when mixed with alcohol and tobacco creates a suicidal atmosphere amongst some abusers. depression is real, but my antenna goes up when I hear about drug abuse being a component of the depressed.

    crashing after a binge sucks.

    • AKAJim

      You are completely ignorant. Educate yourself and try again..

      • $18592567

        how so???

      • AKAJim

        You have no clue what is behind serious depression and suicide, so get educated about them before you go posting BS like that. And when you say “Cocaine and amphetamines when mixed with alcohol and tobacco creates a suicidal atmosphere amongst some abusers. “, with what authority do you speak? And what makes you think he was coming down from a crash? There is no evidence of that. And what in the world does tobacco have to do with any of this? Not a bit.
        So, get the facts straight and educate yourself before posting such an ignorant post.
        That’s how so.

      • $18592567

        Get a life dick face

      • AKAJim

        I do have a life. Despite that I manage to find ignorant people and help teach them about that which they are ignorant of. Some people refuse to listen – such as you.

      • $18592567

        You’re beyond naive if you don’t think that cocaine, liquor and amphetamines don’t contribute to suicides. I did not say ALL suicides are caused by binging nor did I say ALL depression came from the “comedown”, but if you don’t think that those things play a role in some cases then you’re dumb.

      • AKAJim

        Sorry, the fact that you said tobacco was a contributing factor made you seem a bit off on what you were talking about.

        At the beginning of your post you wrote “suicide is for lames”. It is that I object to, and that which proves you are ignorant on the subjects of depression and suicide.

  • tf is he apologizing for, stand by that shit, he’s right suicide is one of the most selfish acts a person can commit…whats wrong in that fact??? I’ve been saying that for about 10 years now since one of my best friends step dad committed suicide, they’re mom passed and a year later he committed suicide leaving a note saying he couldn’t take it…but the selfish part is that he couldn’t take his wife’s death but his then 11 year old daughter and 13 year old son should be able to take the fact that their mom and dad is now gone at pre-teen ages…not to mention the older kids and family…foh, ppl really need to stop apologizing for whats right.

    • AKAJim

      You are completely ignorant. Educate yourself and try again.

      • So because someone has an opinion that differs from yours they’re ignorant??? your an idiot…Go find somebody to play with B*tch A** N*gga

      • AKAJim

        Uhhh, well bitch ass, *I* know the facts behind serious depression and suicide. You are ignorant of those facts. So, educate yourself and try again.

      • and we should believe that YOU know the facts…why again? because you said that you do? clearly you don’t know first hand being that your still alive if you did attempt suicide and failed than either your just a failure at all that you do or your hear for a reason, i want to believe the latter but your comments keep making me think that your just a failure whose trying to fore everyone to see things your way without providing ADULT-Like dialog to back up your opinion…so as we all seem to be telling u, until you decide to go more in-depth about why you believe what you believe then stfu because your just coming off as an annoying troll.

      • AKAJim

        I know because for the past 13 years I’ve been in therapy and have been taking medications for that long. I know from learning from my therapists. I know from insight. I know from how my meds help me. Thirteen years ago, I was on the brink of suicide, and I know what it’s like clawing your way out of such a serious depression. I know because I have been seriously depressed since I was a child. I’m 53 now. I’ve had experience necessary to have a complete understanding of serious depression and suicide.

        Serious depressions, including those that deal with suicide, are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. It’s a physical thing. It’s inheritable, it’s environmental. It’s a disease – a disease of the brain.

        So pardon me if I get angry when ignorant people are spreading the word that suicide victims are selfish or are cowards. IT’S A DISEASE OF THE BRAIN.
        Hence my formal post: “You are ignorant. Educate yourself then try (posting) again”.

      • You actually proved the exact point that i was making from the beginning, trust me i was fully aware that you had suffered from some sort of depression and possibly had suicidal thoughts and possibly attempted suicide…im sure its not that hard to kill yourself if you wanted too, so going back to the point…there was something that stopped you from killing yourself regardless of how chemically imbalanced you were no matter how depressed you were, YOU DECIDED not to…so all and all we will continue to say it is selfish because you don’t HAVE TO kill yourself that is a Choice that is Made and What Some (Like Myself) deem to be a Cowards way out and Selfish…Happy Your Alive to Hold This Debate with Me and you didn’t Take the Cowards way out…i believe/hope you can now see the value of still being alive, there are plenty of ppl who are dead who probably wouldn’t have wanted to be if they had a choice not to be.

      • AKAJim

        I did not decide to not commit suicide. I had a random, strong, momentary stroke of clarity – and my mind was different. I attribute it to an intervention by God.
        Suicidal people are like an almost-burned-out light bulb. The chemical disease are not of perfection. The chemicals of the brain being not right and the chemicals in the medications messing with things at the same time makes for one of many various outcomes at any one moment, sometimes lighting the bulb, sometimes flickering, sometimes going out altogether.

        Sometimes committing suicide is the result.
        Hoping you are beginning to understand.

      • i’ve always understood what you were saying just as i’m sure you understand what i and others have said, we just choose to disagree with each others reasoning. Its like your saying blame his suicidal thoughts or anyones for that matter on a chemical imbalance or a disease rather than to say a person made a decision to take they’re own life at his own free will…thats where my issue lies that there has to be a blame vs saying he made his own decision…no one will ever know his true reasons for doing it unless he left a note because honestly your the only one that i’ve seen (not saying that anyone else didn’t as well) that he was mental, chemical imbalance , depression etc…last i read (and truthfully it was just a glimpse when it first happened because i really don’t entertain suicide regardless of his reasons.) he didn’t wanna do a Ms. Doubtfire 2, He had Financial Issues, He had relapse and he didn’t want to be a burden to his family as he head into Parkisons Disease…so if any of those were his reasons it still comes down to a decision that he made to end his life…its not a crime to do what he did but you can’t knock anyone for saying that they FEEL like its selfish for someone to do so, because he wasn’t the first nor will he be the last to deal with any of the issues you or i decide his reasoning to be and others have chose to stick it out and many in the future also will.

      • AKAJim

        “Its like your saying blame his suicidal thoughts or anyones for that matter on a chemical imbalance or a disease rather than to say a person made a decision to take they’re own life at his own free will..” Yes – that is exactly what I am saying. And no, I do not understand your reasoning. I’ve Been There. If you had been that close to suicide, you would see things quite differently. My point: I know you don’t understand. But I’m tired of being your encyclopedia. You want more info? Get out on the internet for the answers.

      • i didn’t need more info from the beginning, u want me to look up an excuse for some one giving up on life and i won’t so it is what it is, sorry you feel like you wasted a convo, i personally still think its a cowards way out and your argument wasn’t strong enough to change that…it is what it is…Suicide is Selfish and a Cowards Way Out Accept It or Not That’s What It Is.

      • AKAJim

        You chose to post even though you don’t know what you are talking about. You should expect people who know better than you to comment. You are ignorant and you choose to remain that way. If you are the type of person who doesn’t care about your dignity, stay ignorant.

        By the way, your lack of correct punctuation and capitalization say much about your state of mind.

      • If you haven’t figured it out yet…no gone gives a F*ck about Your opinion, You think calling someone ignorant makes you a wiser person than anyone, and now your looking into punctuation to try to make an argument…the reality is YOU are a Weak A** Individual who considered Suicide…so Why The F*ck am I Even Conversing With You??? I Can Be As Ignorant As You Say But You Still Will Be The Weak A** Coward Who Considered Suicide…Next Time Swallow the Bottle, Make The Jump, or Pull The Trigger and When Your Gone Well See How Many Ppl Blames Your Cowardly Act on a History of Depression, Chemical Imbalances Etc…I’m Thru Conversing With You, Clearly You Need a Life.

      • AKAJim

        Calling someone ignorant is not an insult. It’s simply saying “Hey, there are things you don’t know and understand” about some subject. It does not make me feel wiser.

        You think people who commit suicide or come close to suicide are cowards, huh?
        Deep depression and suicidal tendencies are cause by an imbalance in one’s brain chemistry. The tendencies can be passed on from generation to generation. They are affected by environment also. Medications meant to affect the brain chemistry help – but not all the time.

        IT’S A DISEASE! Just like cancer. Both can kill. Like chemotherapy treatments, bouts of serious depression wear a person out. Eventually the cancer might kill you. Eventually, your disease might kill you.

        There it is. I’ve said what I can. I don’t know what else to tell you. You obviously don’t understand what I am talking about. If you would ever want to find out whether I am a fool or am telling you the truth, do some research. Try Bing, or Yahoo searches. I find Bing the better of the two options.

    • Christopher Thompson

      Great comment to hell with aka hjim, he needs to kill himself

    • Sy

      No, he should’ve apologized because he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. No one’s talking about your friends step dads death, so you can’t use that situation as a lateral reference point. Unless you or Todd Bridges have lived decades in a mentally depressed state 24 hours a day, your/his opinions about what Robin Williams should’ve been able to “tough out” for a few more decades are ridiculous. What’s truly selfish is when others don’t empathize with what Robin Williams was going though, but instead, they reference back to how it impacted the surviving people…..THE ONE’S “WITHOUT” THE MENTAL DISEASE AND CONSTANT DEPRESSION! What are you gonna say next?… that people with schizophrenia need to just …stop seeing things that aren’t there? So when you say “.foh, ppl really need to stop apologizing for whats right.” …..show some respect, and stop acting like every human being is coming off of the same assembly line.

  • IceBergSlim

    Suicide is not a game nor do I think should you speak negative of people and families it has impacted. You never know what demons people are fighting. Mental Illness is real and a lot of black families are scared to discuss it, it’s not about them being selfish they are hurting inside an undescrible feeling. I speak from experience. You can have all the money in the world but if you are not mentally stable money means nothing your happiness means everything. Stay Strong too all those that it affects

  • MLB44

    People who say suicide is selfish are ignorant. Most people who commit suicide are dealing with, at best, clinical depression if not a more severe mental illness. When you have depression, you are dealing with an actual mental disease. It has nothing to do with intelligence or being crazy. You can be absolutely normal in most aspects of your life. You may have everything in the world to live for, but you constantly feel like you have nothing to live for and you feel like crap. Death in many cases seems like the only way out. You love your family but because of the disease you can’t rationalize the affect it will have on them if you commit suicide. And getting help for depression ain’t only going to see the pastor after church Sunday. It’s seeking help from a licensed professional and possibly taking medication. It pains me that in our society, particularly for men and especially for African American men, there is a huge stigma with depression and mental illness. The bravado and the mentality that prayer cures everything within the Black Community will continue to contribute to idiotic statements like the one Todd Bridges made and the regular occurrence of black men blowing their brains out because they feel they have no one to turn to.

    • Christopher Thompson

      Boo hoo kill yoself!

      • AKAJim

        I pray to God that one day you experience serious depression and suicidal tendencies that Robin experienced. In the mean time, you are an ignorant ass.

  • Two_guns_Billy

    I don’t think some of you niggas get it..He thought his fam would be better off without him because he feel worthless inside..He tried to treat his depression for years with alcohol but it didn’t help…He had a disease just like any other but mental diseases rarely get treated because ppl are ashamed..

  • brotha_man

    if anybody that knows a thing or two about being close to the edge its t. bridges. I actually agree the shits a little selfish. RIP Robin Williams

    • RMfag

      So why did he get dragged?

  • AlbertoRipRon

    People gotta learn that some thoughts should not be aired out on twitter. I understand what Todd is saying but of course posting that on twitter is going to receive backlash. Its like talking about pirating music/movies on the internet. You don’t do that.

  • John Q. Public

    if there is something you are allowed to be selfish about… it is your OWN life.

  • cincytown

    I can’t believe yall are having this debate on a hiphop website depression is very serious giving up on life is serious as well I know I use to be one a suicide patient I made it through the storm it was very hard but I did it some people can’t live with the demons of there own thoughts that triggers their negative feelings it’s hard to escape your own mind

  • eddieknucks

    It is selfish! I was suicidal and in deep depression for years. Ever since my woman and my bestfriend were both killed two weeks apart. Nicole was killed in front of our two year old daughter. Ninjas tried to get me by shooting up my boy wake. I fell into a deep depression and for a long time I couldn’t look at my child without breaking down. Tried offing myself for years because of the guilt. My intent changed to going out in a blaze of glory, even considered suicide by cop. Did a lot of cold hearted shit that landed me in the bing. Jail saved my life! I realized that when you have a child suicide is not an option. Got out and got help. 20 years later, I have a good life and my daughter just graduated from college this year and if I would have killed myself in 94 what would have happened to her? My good friend killed himself last year. Was the greatest dad in the world and he has destroyed his daughters life. So it is selfish. Some of us hold a connection to so many others like a link in a chain. Counseling didn’t work for me so I volunteered with at risk teens who caught their first felony. Helping them helped me. You have to be strong. It’s not fair for your family to find your body. You now how traumatic that is to a loved one. To see him hanging there. I’m sorry folks, I get worked up on shit like this. R.i.p. To the man but, damn.

    • AKAJim

      It is not selfish. They are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain

  • Arrie Mental Woodard

    even if it is selfish, shut the fukk up, you arent in his family.