Thousands upon thousands of people have expressed their condolences on Twitter regarding the loss of Robin Williams. But one high-profile tweet has received mixed reviews.
Shortly after news of the actor's death broke, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences posted the below to their account:
Genie, you're free. pic.twitter.com/WjA9QuuldD— The Academy (@TheAcademy) August 12, 2014
Genie, you're free. pic.twitter.com/WjA9QuuldD
The picture, of course, refers to Robin's role as the Genie in Disney's animated film Aladdin. While more than 320,000 people have re-tweeted the post so far, not everyone finds it appropriate, given the circumstances surrounding his death.
It was determined on Tuesday that Robin had indeed committed suicide by hanging, and Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, tells The Washington Post the tweet sends the wrong message.
"If it doesn't cross the line, it comes very, very close to it," she told the paper when asked if it violates "public health standards for how we talk about suicide."
"Suicide should never be presented as an option. That's a formula for potential contagion," she added.
Due to the post's implication that suicide is somehow liberating, Christine believes it places the act in too celebratory a light.
The Academy has yet to comment on any backlash.
Tell us what you think: Does the tweet cross a line or is it a touching tribute to the comedian?
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