Monday 22 December 2014

'Never be bullied into silence' - Zelda Williams returns to Twitter following dad Robin's death

Followers have tweeted their support for the aspiring actress, after she reactivated her account with a strong statement regarding online bullying

Jenn Selby

Published 03/09/2014 | 18:01

Zelda Williams has been targeted by online trolls over the death of her father Robin Williams (Rex)
Zelda Williams has been targeted by online trolls over the death of her father Robin Williams (Rex)

Robin Williams’ daughter has returned to Twitter after she was bullied off by trolls bombarding her with distressing images mocked up to look like her father’s body.

Zelda Williams left the social networking site, and Instagram, following her father’s suicide.

"I will be leaving this account for a but [sic] while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not," she wrote at the time. "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," she continued. "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."

The incident forced Twitter to look into how they could "better handle tragic situations".

But followers have tweeted their support for the aspiring actress, after she  reactivated her account with a strong message about standing up to online bullies.

Her comeback post, captioned "thank you",  included a link to Tumblr showing a quote from playwright Harvey Fierstein.

It read: "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself."

Frances Bean Cobain, who’s own father Kurt Cobain took his own life aged 27 in 1994 when she was one, was among those who initially lent her support to Zelda.

The 63-year-old actor was found dead on Monday 11 August after hanging himself at his home in Tiburon, California.

One of three of his children, Zelda paid special tribute to her father in a statement shortly after his passing.

"He was always warm, even in his darkest moments," she said.

"While I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there's minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions."

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