Robin Williams' Small, Intimate Funeral May Be Ruined By Angry Protesters

Robin Williams' family is trying to do the right thing by the late actor, who tragically took his own life last week. His loving wife Susan Schneider says she is planning on having a small and "very private" memorial for him in his hometown of San Francisco. Despite the millions of fans who adore him and are mourning the loss of the comedian, Schneider and their children were very private, according to family and friends who knew them, and it seems only fitting that they would close off the funeral to tons of celebs and acquaintances.

Which is why it's even more appalling than usual to learn that the Westboro Baptist Church is planning a protest at Williams' funeral for the most insane reason imaginable: because the actor (awesomely, I will add) played a gay character in the (incredibly awesome) film The Birdcage.

On its official Twitter page, the Kansas-based group announced, "Westboro Baptist Church Hopes To Preach in Lawful Proximity To Robin Williams' Funeral  - To Warn The Living: Repent Or Likewise Perish."


Why do I feel like the group is going to be met by a kind, but take-no-nonsense mob of Robin supporters who aren't going to let them get anywhere near the funeral grounds? When it found out what Westboro had planned, the non-profit group Planting Peace actually launched a fundraiser -- bless their good hearts -- to raise money for a charity Robin supported in order to counter the hateful messages spread by the church.

It's sickening to think anyone could create even more grief for this family than what they're already experiencing. In addition to being diagosed with Parkinson's disease five months ago, Robin was reportedly broken up over the fact that his TV show, The Crazy Ones, was cancelled after only one season. He felt personally responsible for its failure, according to sources, and fell into a deep depression that led to him seeking treatment at a rehab.

This family isn't asking for anyone to love Robin or love his films or the characters he portrayed. All anyone has to do is show a little compassion and, if they don't have anything nice to say at this time, just say nothing at all -- and let the actor's family mourn in peace.

What do you think about the Westboro Baptist Church's plans for Robin's funeral?


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Maggie Joh

Excuse me "The Stir" I highly suggest you check your facts before writing an article. Robin William's sobriety was INTACT he DID NOT start drinking again. His wife and co-workers have already said this several times. He went to rehab for his depression and his depression alone NOT FOR DRINKING. You want to talk about disrespecting Robin Williams I would say that you suggesting that he had gone back to drinking is pretty disrespectful.


Frankly I thought they had disbanded. Good luck going to one of the most gay friendly cities and mounting a protest over a gay portrayal. One has to wonder how these yucks get to sleep at night and wonder what they'd do if someone disrupted a funeral of their loved ones. I'm sure they would think that they should be dammed to hell.

kiera... kierasmom516

You're absolutely right, Maggie Joh. Thank you -- I've made this correction in the article. Have a good day!

nonmember avatar Merryl

I already sent these horrible excuses for humans a message. This Westboro group is so warped and depraved. I hope many kind, caring and humane people will show up to give the Williams' family the privacy they so deserve.

chara... charamion

hate to sound cruel but if they don't want picketers their then His family shouldn't announce when or where the funeral will be until after it has taken place His family & close friends are the only ones who truly need to be there anyways so only they should know when & where it'll be before it happens 

Zelly Black

I know we have freedom of religion and speech...but they protest funerals of good people who have done great things in their life and other things. They are technically obstructing peace. Why do we allow them to continue existing? Oh right...cause another faction of idiots will rise up and do the same. Honestly....this is one church I do not want in our country.... They brainwash their kids and then they're warped as well. I hope they know that come judgement day...they're not going straight to heaven like they believe.

nonmember avatar Erika

To Maggie Joh I think , unless you know the family personally which I doubt you do , you can't correct gossip with more gossip as you tried to do. No one person or people know why what when where. The only ones who truly know are him and his god.

nonmember avatar Me

Erica,shut your pie hole.......Yes,those Westboro nuts need to be thrown in a cage with a very hungry lion.

nonmember avatar Cheyenne

And churches wonder why no one goes to church anymore


Disgusting. Those people need to be locked away on grounds of stupidity and hatefulness.

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