Actress Zelda Williams, the second of Robin Williams’ three children, has left social media in the wake of harassment by bullies in regards to her father’s recent suicide.
In a now-deleted tweet, Williams asked her followers to report users @MrGoosebuster and @PimpStory for sending her photos that were allegedly of her father post-mortem. The accounts have since been suspended.
In another tweet, Williams writes, “I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”
And she adds on Instagram, “I
will be leaving this account for a but (sic) 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.
Before the online bullying reached this point, Williams had also written a message on her Tumblr account that reads, “To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. 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.”