Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Leaves Social Media After Receiving Abuse Over Her Father’s Death
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 12, 2014
Following the announcement of his death, Robin Williams‘ daughter, Zelda, tweeted a passage from The Little Prince.
Her tweet was shared across social media as people attempted to wrap their heads around the loss of a man that had been a part of so many beloved memories and movies. And while most of the reaction to Williams’ death has been shock, but also an outpouring of love (with many people donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in his honor), there were some who took this as an opportunity to spew hate.
Zelda Williams made what she referred to as her “only statement” in a blog on her Tumblr:
Dad was, is, and always will be on of the kindest, most gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world, is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.
In the same blog, she also addressed the negativity that her family had been experiencing:
As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh, too.
That negativity quickly escalated when at least two different twitter users sent Zelda graphic photoshopped images of her father’s dead body. Zelda addressed them in a tweet which she has since deleted.
Following the deletion of that tweet, Zelda followed up, letting people know that she would be taking a break from Twitter:
I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 13, 2014
Zelda Williams also announced on her Instagram that she would be taking a break from the photo-sharing site, saying:
I will be leaving this account for a but while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not. In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends. Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary. There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or ‘selfies’. I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too. That was more than enough, and I’m grateful for what little time I had. My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they ‘ll remain there. They would’ve wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That’s not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo