Stryper frontman Michael Sweet responds on his facebook to the ridiculously insensitive comments that people make, on the news of the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington:
I’ve been reading a lot of comments about Chester and suicide today. It’s an extremely sensitive subject and obviously a very big problem in our society & world today. Many people struggle with depression and loneliness and sadly sometimes it leads to loss of life.
What I’m pretty disturbed about are the people that are either joking about suicide and or who are angry and due to their anger, making ridiculously insensitive comments. That pisses me off!
We often feel the need (or feel we have the right) to chime in on things that we know nothing about. Obviously this is something that we need to work harder at (helping and reaching people) but the last thing we need to do is joke about it and call people cowards because they committed suicide. There lies the problem people – ignorant thoughts and comments from people who aren’t walking in the shoes of those who we have lost because of suicide.