Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

12 Aug 2014

On Robin Williams' Passing, Celebrity, and Sports

We’re a nation sold on celebrity. It’s also one of our leading exports to the rest of the world. Like many of you, I was raised to venerate the famous. And like many of you, I gradually learned that celebrity is a state of being and not a human being. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that difference and slip into assumptions about what we think we know about the humans behind the media mask.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 12 Aug 2014

7 comments, Last at 15 Aug 2014, 5:30am by Chris UK


by hendricg :: Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:17pm

I'm assuming that there ought to be a link here.

by Sisyphus :: Tue, 08/12/2014 - 1:28pm

Time is the best teacher, but unfortunately, it kills all of its students. - Robin Williams

by mmeiselman :: Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:44pm

This is actually a quote from French composer Hector Berlioz, which Robin Williams took and never credited Berlioz for.

by RickD :: Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:08pm

In the standup community, Robin Williams was notorious for stealing material.

by Chris UK :: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 5:30am

Assuming he knew who said it in the first place.

by RickD :: Tue, 08/12/2014 - 1:55pm