The problem started when Kendrick tweeted some comments about The Bachelor, and the world’s most hated reality TV star Spencer Pratt favorited it. Kendrick’s reaction was meant to be funny (we think), but it honestly just made us feel pretty yucky.
Well now I have to kill myself 😐 pic.twitter.com/vzuw5bHKms
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) March 3, 2015
Kind of odd for someone who mourned the death of Robin Williams with this lovely tribute after he actually did kill himself:
O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells. Rise up, for you the flag is flung, for you the bugle trills.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 11, 2014
And at least one Twitter follower tried to warn her that suicide jokes are not OK.
@AnnaKendrick47 Anna don't even joke about that.
— Pat Streater (@RealPatStreater) March 3, 2015
So why is what on the surface seems like an innocent joke actually in really bad taste? Because it belittles a very important issue. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 3000 people commit suicide each day and 20 times that many try. One million die by suicide each year, and 90 percent are suffering from a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
Very serious stuff — and not something to make light of because a D-list celeb favorites your tweet.
We love the Pitch Perfect actress and are usually huge fans of her tweets, but this one just fell flat. Hopefully in the future she’ll be more sensitive with her choice of words.
If you suspect someone might be considering suicide, or you have struggled with those thoughts yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).