Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late great Robin Williams, returned to Twitter after leaving in mid-August, shortly after her father’s death. At the time, she said she didn’t know how long she would be gone, but indicated that it could be forever and deactivated her account.
Following her father’s death, some Twitter users trolled Zelda by posting very graphic photoshopped pictures of Robin Williams. Williams committed suicide on August 11 by hanging himself with a belt, and some of the pictures depicted him with bruises around his neck. Understandably, this proved to be too much for Zelda to handle, which led her to deactivate her account.
Zelda posted the following message on August 13:
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
Much of Twitterverse was happy to see that Robin Williams’s daughter was back in action on Monday. Zelda made the following tweet, which she linked to an inspirational quote posted to her Tumblr account:
Thank you. http://t.co/e2hve7fD50
— Zelda Williams (@zeldawilliams) September 1, 2014
Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
The quote was attributed to Harvey Fierstein. Fierstein appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire as the makeup artist brother to Robin Williams’s character.
As difficult as it must have been for Zelda to go back to Twitter, knowing full well that some of the same Internet bullies that get their kicks from tormenting someone in grief are still out there, many people were happy to see the young lady back and offered words of support:
@zeldawilliams stay strong girl and know that the world loved your dad. He made a difference, as will you. Don't hide because we support you
— Michelle Crawford (@Misha66) September 3, 2014
— Cameron Stevens (@CharlieSierra24) September 3, 2014
In other Robin Williams news, PBS plans to feature the late comedian in an hour-long special of Pioneers of Television next week on Tuesday, September 9. According to a description of the segment, “Chicago native Robin Williams is undoubtedly one of America’s most beloved comedic actors.”
Check out the video below from when Williams was featured on Pioneers of Television earlier this year: