As the entire world mourns the loss of beloved actor Robin Williams, no one can truly understand the pain his three children—Zak, Zelda and Cody are experiencing. And, unfortunately, this time of bereavement has been made even more difficult for his only daughter, as she was forced off social media by Internet trolls.
The 25-year-old decided to quit Twitter and Instagram after she was cyber-bullied by people posting a photo manipulation that claimed to be a picture of her father after his death and taunted by people who analyzed her relationship with her father based on her social media profiles alone.
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“I will be leaving this account for a [bit] while I heal and decide if I’ll be deleting it or not,” she wrote on Instagram with a picture of a butterfly.
“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.”
On Twitter, she encouraged her followers to block the spammers and informed her fans that she would be deleting the apps for the social networking sites off her phone.
I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) August 13, 2014
I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.
Zelda’s decision to ditch social media comes shortly after she released an official statement about her father’s death—via Tumblr—which included a light-hearted message for those who weren’t respectful.
“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,” she wrote.
“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 had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too.”