We believe his apology is sincere.
Although undoubtedly his previous hurtful words may prove to be unforgivable by a lot of people.
Henry Rollins has built a career as a musician, actor, and poet because of his angry and uncompromising ways, but his ire towards Robin Williams was met with a lot of backlash recently.
Mr. Rollins posted an article last week on LA Weekly called F**k Suicide about the late actor's death by suicide, and proceeded to heavily criticize Robin Williams for taking his own life — especially since he has children.
While Mr. Rollins did praise Robin Williams for his brilliant career, he also admitted he judges those who commit suicide "with a bit of disdain."
"I know they existed, yet they have nullified their existence because they willfully removed themselves from life. They were real but now they are not."
Well, we guess the reaction to his insensitive article was pretty strong as Mr. Rollins has already written an apology letter for his article.
And it seems like he's truly sorry!
Here's what he wrote and published on his website this past Friday:
"For the last 9+ hours, I have been answering letters from people from all over the world. The anger is off the scale and in my opinion, well placed.
The article I wrote in the LA Weekly about suicide caused a lot of hurt. This is perhaps one of the bigger understatements of all time. I read all the letters. Some of them were very long and the disappointment, resentment and ringing clarity was jarring.
That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me. It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result.
I have had a life of depression. Some days are excruciating. Knowing what I know and having been through what I have, I should have known better but I obviously did not. I get so mad when I hear that someone has died this way. Not mad at them, mad at whatever got them there and that no one magically appeared to somehow save them.
I am not asking for a break from the caning, take me to the woodshed as much as you see fit. If what I said has caused you to be done with me, I get it.
I wrote something for the LA Weekly that they will post on Monday.
I wanted to get this out at this moment.
I am deeply sorry. Down to my marrow. I can’t think that means anything to you, but I am. Completely sorry. It is not of my interest to hurt anyone but I know I did. Thank you for reading this. Henry"
We're interested to see what his article on Monday will reveal that this apology does not.
For someone who built his career on his anger and unique way of looking at things - it's easy to sometimes say the wrong thing.
But the fact that this man owned up to what he said, and revealed how deeply sorry he was that he hurt folks with his comments is a legit way of asking for forgiveness.
And admitting you are wrong is something that is not so easy. So while we disagree with his original comments - we absolutely can say we respect this man after his apology letter.