Zelda Williams Quits Twitter, Instagram After Ugly Online Bullying

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Aug. 13 2014 12:08 PM

Zelda Williams Quits Twitter, Instagram After Ugly Online Bullying

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Robin Williams and his daughter Zelda Williams during the Tribeca Film Festival in May 2004 in New York City.

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Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda has decided to quit social media after receiving hurtful messages concerning her father’s suicide. The New York Daily News reports:

The actress apparently received criticism for not posting enough photos with her famous dad, who committed suicide Monday. Other anonymous users went as far as criticizing Robin Williams, and his career, by leaving messages on his daughter's page.
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According to the BBC, at least two people also sent Zelda photoshopped images of her father’s body. The 25-year-old described the distressful messages as “cruel and unnecessary,” adding that she will be leaving her Twitter and Instagram pages for a while as she decides whether to permanently delete them.

On Tumblr, however, the actress responded to the trolls with a wistful humor. “As for those who are sending negativity,” she said. “Know that a 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.”

Irene Chidinma Nwoye is a writer and former Slate intern in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.

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