Zelda Williams Quits Twitter and Instagram After Cruel, Despicable Taunts About Dad
Zelda Williams has left Twitter and Instagram after being taunted and trolled on social media in the wake of her father Robin Williams’ death. The 25-year-old, who paid loving tribute to her dad shortly after his shocking suicide, was flooded with many message of sympathy and support, but also some truly ugly responses.
Internet trolls posted grisly Photoshopped images of her dad and mocked Zelda and her family. She initially begged her followers to report a couple of the trolls by name, saying she couldn’t handle clicking on the horrific links they’d posted. Williams then deleted that message and tweeted, “I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.”
On Instagram, she posted a picture of a butterfly and this note:
I will be leaving this account for a but 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. Goodbye. Xo
Earlier on Tuesday, in her official statement on Robin’s death, Zelda hinted at the despicable taunts coming her way. She noted, “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.”