STEP. THE F**K. BACK.

So I think it’s safe to say that by now we’ve all seen this:

aladdin-free-genie

Complete with the rip-my-heart-out-and-stomp-on-it caption: “Genie, you’re free.”

Hell, I shared it myself the minute I saw it — To me, it perfectly summed up the way most of us felt when we heard Robin Williams had died:  Something magical had gone out of our world.

Now, I’m seeing site after site after site criticizing this image as glorifying/glamorizing/rationalizing suicide and I have just two words for those people:

FUCK.

YOU.

Fuck you SO hard.  That image DOES NOT in any way make suicide into a “happy ending” (as the articles from such outlets as “The Washington Post” and “The Independent” contend).  It expresses our collective sorrow at the passing of an iconic film and comedy legend, who happens to have provided the voice for the Genie.

And if you REALLY want to get all nit-picky, as those articles and others do, then let’s dance:  Do NOT go off on a tangent about how the starry sky visible in the background of some of the versions makes suicide seem like a good and/or desirable outcome.  SERIOUSLY?  Dude, they’re animation stills from a movie that came out YEARS ago, there’s no sinister subtext.  If that’s really all you’ve got to back up your argument, then get the fuck over yourself.

I can only speak as one specific fan who found that this picture and the accompanying quote perfectly expressed my feelings of sorrow and loss over a man who struggled with depression and addiction throughout his life.  I have been there.  I have looked at that particular “Exit” door and chosen not to open it — BUT I UNDERSTAND THE FEELINGS THAT WOULD MAKE SOMEONE PULL THAT HANDLE.  So, regardless of how Robin Williams made his own personal “exit,” one thing is for certain:  He’s done with all that pain now.  HE’S FUCKING FREE.

Second star to the right, Robin, and straight on until morning.

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Filed under At the Movies, I Rule You, Reality Bites, Weep for Humanity, WTF???

8 responses to “STEP. THE F**K. BACK.

  1. Could not have said it better myself.

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  2. hc

    that’s my girl, hh.
    tell ’em.

    asshats.

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  3. Roxie

    They’re just like the idiots who complained that they say the word “sex” spelled out in smoke in the background in one of the scenes. Dorks.

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  4. People saying this kind of shit have never suffered from this particular type of illness. There is a point in depression where your will is not your own. The depressed who reach the bottom do not “choose” suicide; they’ve come to the place where their brain tells them there are no other options. Anyone who has not been there needs to shut the fuck up because they don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.

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    • Anyone who ever describes a situation as “glorifying” suicide has probably never had to consider it as an option for themselves. And as such, they should shut the fuck up and thank their deity of choice that they’ve been so lucky!

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