Suicide: Selfish ‘Choice’ or Unconscious Act of Desperation?

Robin williams good morning As you all know by now, the world lost Robin Williams, one of the most versatile, funny men in the entertainment industry. A man with more great movies under his belt than any other I can name. He was a legend, one I grew up with. The Birdcage and Mrs. Doubtfire are two of my favorite comedies of all time and Aladdin was my all-time favorite, most-sung Disney movie as a grade schooler. That’s one of the two questions people seem to be answering on their own when confronting the loss of such an icon…. Their favorite work of his, and then their thoughts in general on suicide.

Many celebrities have weighed in, most leaning heavily toward one side or the other. On one end, we have people who believe suicide to be the ultimate selfish act, and on the other, those who feel that it’s not a choice at all, but an act so desperate it’s committed without thought.

Gene Simmons: 

No, I don’t get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: “The world is a harsh place.” My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don’t want to hear fuck all about “the world as a harsh place.” She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, “I’m depressed, I live in Seattle.” Fuck you, then kill yourself.

I never understand, because I always call them on their bluff. I’m the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, “That’s it, I can’t take it anymore, I’m going to jump.”

Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You’ve got the crowd.

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Marilyn Manson to Star in ‘Sons of Anarchy’

Marilyn Manson no makeupMarilyn Manson joins the long line of musicians to star in FX’s Sons of Anarchy including Henry Rollins, Dave Navarro and umm, Ashley Tisdale, if she counts?

Like Rollins as rapist and n-word killer AJ Weston, Manson will play a jailed white supremacist.

His character, Ron Tully, reportedly has “considerable power” even though he’s behind bars.

Sons has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s,” Manson tells Variety. “I was determined to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the most amazing piece of television cinema. After all, the very heart of SOA is about that relationship. So, now all I need is a motorcycle.”

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Video: Dinosaur Jr. – “Pierce The Morning Rain”

I’ve heard that Kurt Cobain was a big fan of Dinosaur Jr., opening for them with Nirvana and asking lead singer J Mascis to join him and Krist Novoselic as their guitarist in 1989.

I saw them in concert several years ago, and as much as I love the obvious songs (“Feel The Pain” etc.), I felt like the distorted amp-loudness had actually shattered my tympanic membrane.

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