It doesn’t take a genius to understand that British tabloids are heartless vultures.
However today, they’re really testing their boundaries after a number of papers printed disgraceful Robin Williams headlines.
But three in particular prompted me to write this whole piece.
On their own, the front pages above are pretty horrific invasions of family privacy. Suicide is no easy subject to tackle, but the way certain tabloids have gone to town on this very delicate topic has sickened me.
Anger is an emotion that newspapers need you to feel. Nowadays, there aren’t many reporters creative enough to make you pick up a paper with a positive story on the front page, and negativity writes itself.
But when it comes to dissecting the lives of good people, our cherished British tabloids are the best at it. And oh how proud it makes us.
Robin Williams was a man that created a film character who would use humour to help terminally ill patients. But this character wasn’t limited to film. Williams, over the years, touched the lives of hundreds of terminally ill people.
He was also a man that – in 2004 – in the midst of filming David Duchovny’s House of D, visited Jessica Cole, a young girl dying of a brain tumour. He originally invited her onto the set after she reached out to him, but she couldn’t make it due to her illness, so rather than continue filming, he went to see her instantly.
Robin Williams came to the hospital my mom works at every Christmas to visit the sick kids. Never once did he publicize it. What a loss.
— Hallie Lord (@HallieLord) August 11, 2014
Robin also traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan about a dozen times to entertain American troops.
R.i.P Robin Williams.His genius as artist & comedian will B missed & his support of R troops no doubt was much appreciated by all who serve
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) August 11, 2014
These are quite literally just a few instances of why Robin Williams was a great man. We could literally do this ALL day. The man had a profound effect on more people than can be counted, and it sickens me what our press are doing to him.
All the above front pages aren’t just disgusting, they’re dangerous to people suffering from depression and mental illness that also carry financial weight on their shoulders.
But that doesn’t matter to these tabloids, because they’ll make a few quid today.
Good job guys.
Here are just a few of your biggest fans – the British public..
The British tabloids’ reporting of Robin Williams’ death has been despicable. Unnecessary detail and sensationalism. I’m genuinely appalled.
— Laura Cullen (@Lo_Cull) August 13, 2014
Got to love the British tabloids. Day 1 mourn Robin Williams death. Day 2 tear the poor bloke and his life to pieces. #shameful
— Michael Smith (@Zoogi72) August 13, 2014
Really? Robin Williams hasn’t even been laid to rest and the British tabloids are smearing his shit all over the walls. Have some respect.
— Zack Morris (@Ohupinsmokewego) August 13, 2014
The British tabloids should be ashamed of their Robin Williams coverage. They won’t be, but they should be
— David Whitney (@davidtwhitters) August 13, 2014