Death of Hollywood Actor Robin Williams, Chinese Reactions

Robin Williams.

Robin Williams.

The death of famous Hollywood actor Robin Williams, apparently by suicide, was a top trending topic and #hashtag# today on Chinese microblogging social network Sina Weibo…

From Sina Weibo:

谷大白话: Former lead actor of Dead Poets Society, Jumanji, Good Will Hunting, and other movies; Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner and Golden Globe Lifetime Award recipient; and famous comedy star Robin Williams was discovered on 2014 August 11 dead in his Tiburon, California home, at the age of 64. According to The Huffington Post, police believe he had committed suicide. The PDF police report→

Comments from Sina Weibo:


O Captain,my Captain!


A person went to see the doctor, saying he has clinical depression, that life is so harsh and cruel, that he feels so lonely in this dangerous world. The doctor says: The cure/treatment is very simple. The most famous clown happens to be in town. Go find him. He can make you happy. Tears fell from this person’s eyes: “Doctor, I am that clown.” A good joke, everyone laughed, endless applause, and then the curtain falls. — Watchmen [蜡烛]

[Note: The original English is: “Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says “But Doctor… I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.”]


He encouraged so many people, but in the end could not encourage himself.


Oh,captain,my captain!


Too intelligent, the psychiatrist could no longer deceive [or convince] him.


Our generation should all have a work of Robin Williams in our hearts. That blue-eyed mechanical housekeeper, that captain that led people to cherish the present, that radio DJ with unlimited warmth, but in my heart he will always be that artist devoted to serious art looking down at the laughing audience, with a wrinkled expression of awkwardness.


A man with such benevolence suffering such a fate.


There will be yet another wave of people who don’t even know who he is running to go download high-resolution BD [Blue-ray Disk?].


I dare not believe it! [泪][蜡烛]

何处_春江_无月明: (responding to above)

Anyone still remember that movie Bicentennial Man? In the end, he had gotten the right to die as he left the world hand in hand with his loved one. This is just a choice. Rest in peace. [泪流满面]


[蜡烛] I watched his The Crazy Ones. Heartfelt praise [for him/his work]. [泪]


!! My god, so sudden/unexpected… I really liked his Dead Poets Society. [蜡烛]


Acted in so many comedies, but still could not live a happy life. [蜡烛]


“You don’t know about real loss, ’cause that only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. ” Good Will Hunting[蜡烛]


[泪][泪][泪][泪] The first foreign actor I came to know, like a elderly old neighbor that I grew up with.


Maybe God wants to watch a movie?


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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