Social media is a wonderful thing – until something like this happens. Zelda Williams said good-bye to Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday after people tweeted graphic and fake images of her late father, Robin Williams.
In the hours after her father’s death by suicide on Monday, Zelda, 25, used Twitter to pay him emotional tribute by posting a quote from French poet Antoine De Saint-Exupery:
“You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them ... In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night ... You – only you – will have stars that can laugh.”
She signed off by writing: “I love you. I miss you. I'll try to keep looking up.”
Before the trolls showed up, she thanked her Twitter followers for donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in her father’s memory.
But the harassment began on Tuesday when two people apparently posted Photoshopped images of her father’s body.
She begged her followers to help her stop it, tweeting: “Please report @PimpStory @MrGoosebuster. I’m shaking. I can’t. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won’t open it. Don’t either. Please.”
Instagram users apparently hassled her, too.
She posted a lengthy note to her account there saying that people were being cruel by “judging” her on how many photos she was posting of her and her father.
“My favorite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they’ll remain there,” she wrote. “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.”
She warned detractors that her father might have something special planned for them, writing in a Tumblr blog posting: “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.”
But the hating was just too much for her to take. Later in the day she told followers on both Twitter and Instagram that she was leaving social media for a while.
She 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.”