I woke up this morning thinking, for a brief moment, that I’d actually get decent news on mainstream/basic media networks i.e. ABC, NBC, etc. What I’m getting is a completely half-assed version of what’s going on in Ferguson, Mo.
What’s frightening is that while I know where to get ACTUAL news on events (cable, journalists twitters/blogs, etc), way too much of the public doesn’t. And for those who don’t have access to the cable station versions of the media mentioned above, such as MSNBC, what they see/hear now is all they know to be “true”. They “know” that 18 year old Michael Brown was apparently a robbery suspect, but not that the situation with Darren Wilson began BEFORE the officer had any idea of a robbery. The information on this was released INSTEAD of the shooting report that was requested, as something to sway the public into thinking Brown deserved to be gunned down. Never mind the fact that committing such a crime STILL doesn’t warrant a suspect being shot 6 times (twice in the head) from behind. You know, unless we’ve suddenly started resorting to execution style killings without due process in this country?Continue Reading
Good God. Robin Williams is dead of an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. Williams had been battling severe depression and had recently checked into rehab for alcohol abuse. Police reported that Williams was found unconscious around noon in his home in Tiburon, California, north of San Francisco, after responding to a 911 call.
“Williams was best known for his starring roles in classic comedies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning, Vietnam and Jumanji, but also in dramas like Dead Poets Society. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He rose to fame while playing Mork the alien in the TV show Mork & Mindy, a Happy Days spinoff.
Most recently, Williams had starred in the new CBS sitcom ‘The Crazy Ones.’ It was cancelled after just one season. At his time of death, a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire was in the works.
Susan Schneider, the actor’s wife, released the following statement to the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff:
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope that the focus will not be on Robin’s death but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
As our own Taylour Chanel so eloquently writes (below) of how depression is REAL (and how it can get the best of us), I will include myself in the full knowledge of the creeping, deep darkness of Clinical Depression. Personally, I suffer from PTSD (stemming from childhood abuse) and I, too realize how this torment can just be overwhelming at times. We hear people say, “snap out of it!” or “what do YOU have to be depressed about?“–and I pray that someday we won’t hear those unkind, thoughtless words thrown around so carelessly.
Depression needs to be discussed in school–maybe then it won’t have such a stigma attached. Perhaps a suffering young person will TELL teacher or counselor about their inner turmoil. Otherwise, depression sufferers will continue to self-medicate, put on a happy public face, then crash. Don’t ignore the early signs if they are presented to you. — Julia
Commentary By: Taylour Chanel, Beauty Editor for Dipped in Cream
“I don’t know why this was the first reaction I had to Robin Williams’s death, but here goes. All of you should know by now that I rarely post, much less about celebrity-related things. Look, I’m not going to sit here and act like I knew him, or the scope of his influence, or memorable movies, I’m not like that. But, what did hit home was how he passed. I had such a genuine emotional reaction that it surprised even me, but, I cried. Not because of Robin Williams himself (okay maybe a little,) but because suicidal thoughts are such a real, and honest struggle that so many people deal with.
Truth be told, that since last year I have been having the most intense battle with depression and panic/anxiety I have ever had. If it weren’t for the small number of people closest to me as well as starting my business, I hate to even say this to the whole interwebs- but I truly don’t know if I would be here today. For me, depression is an illness that had been there for a long time. I only noticed however, after I’d pushed myself too far and had a break down at my old job that something was wrong. For others it could be anything- an awful personal event, harsh comments on social media, or sometimes just not having someone to talk to that leads them to a dark place. It makes my heart hurt to even begin to think of the people who may not be as fortunate as I was to have someone to help them through their struggle. Help the people around you, if you notice something is wrong, try to love them through it have patience. I don’t care if we hardly even know each other, but please talk to me if you feel you have no one else to talk to. I hope Robin Williams’ death is perceived as less, “WHO WILL PLAY ROBIN WILLIAMS IN HIS BIOPIC?!!!?” and MORE about the reality that ANYONE can succumb to mental illness, and EVERYONE needs support, love and encouragement. I truly hope Robin Williams has found peace.
I have love in my heart for all who might read this, thank you for letting me share a very personal part of my story with you.”
Mick Jagger took to his official website to make a statement about the loss of his long-time girlfriend, the very talented designer, L’Wren Scott:
“I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.
We spent many wonderful years together and had made a great life for ourselves.
She had great presence and her talent was much admired, not least by me.
I have been touched by the tributes that people have paid to her, and also the personal messages of support that I have received.
I will never forget her, Mick”
Photo via Twitter
The band also released a statement regarding the tour dates, which will apparently be rescheduled:
“The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry and disappointed to announce the postponement of the rest of their 14 On Fire tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of L’Wren Scott.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans for their support at this difficult time and hope that they will fully understand the reason for this announcement,” the band said in the statement.”