Comedian Andy Richter Goes Off On Twitter Troll In Vicious Twitter Rant Defending Depression

 

by Lex Gabrielle

Depression and mental health disorders are often times difficult to understand and comprehend (especially if you don’t personally suffer from them). While it’s easy to understand a physical illness because you can see it, it’s often hard for others to understand an unseen mental illness.However, just because you can’t see the disease with the naked eye doesn’t make it any less real. For years, the stigma against mental illness has been that they’re easy to overcome and many times, people are exaggerating or choosing to suffer through the illness. But, these stigmas are what make combating mental illnesses so difficult. If people don’t take mental health issues seriously, then doctors and scientists won’t fund research on ways to treat them. It’s a never-ending cycle.

Comedian Andy Richter recently spoke out against a Twitter user who claimed that “depression is a choice,” and went on a powerful and insightful rant that really does hold power. He started off saying “go fuck yourself,” because – well, it’s insulting to tell someone who is sick that they are choosing to be sick.

Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

8:37 PM – Nov 17, 2017

 

But, he decided that just insulting the person who tweeted the offensive comment, he decided to explain further why it is offensive and how people with depression don’t actually choose to be depressed.

17 Nov
Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

Quote-responding to this tweet may seem like shooting fish in a barrel, & yet it is 30 mins later & I have pulled over after school drop-off to respond further because I am angry.

9:12 PM – Nov 17, 2017

✔@AndyRichter

Replying to @AndyRichter
Quote-responding to this tweet may seem like shooting fish in a barrel, & yet it is 30 mins later & I have pulled over after school drop-off to respond further because I am angry.

Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

I have been followed by an ever-present amorphous sadness for almost my entire life. I am 51 yrs old. It varies in strength from a casual unresolvable suspicion that I will never find the joy that others do in a sunset, to the feeling that being dead might a respite & a kindness

9:16 PM – Nov 17, 2017

 

✔@AndyRichter

Replying to @AndyRichter
I have been followed by an ever-present amorphous sadness for almost my entire life. I am 51 yrs old. It varies in strength from a casual unresolvable suspicion that I will never find the joy that others do in a sunset, to the feeling that being dead might a respite & a kindness

Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

I’ve been on meds for decades. I’m a devout believer in the talking cure of therapy & it’s structure & hope & absolutely life-saving sense of progress. I have a successful career. I’m in love w my wife of 27 yrs, & my 2 kids are the best ppl I know. My life is full. I am lucky

9:23 PM – Nov 17, 2017

 

✔@AndyRichter

Replying to @AndyRichter
I’ve been on meds for decades. I’m a devout believer in the talking cure of therapy & it’s structure & hope & absolutely life-saving sense of progress. I have a successful career. I’m in love w my wife of 27 yrs, & my 2 kids are the best ppl I know. My life is full. I am lucky

Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

And I will still reach the end of my life having walked through most of it with an emotional limp. I do not wallow in self-pity. No one did this to me. It is just how it is. I am just unlucky.

9:26 PM – Nov 17, 2017

 

Richter also added other offensive comments people often use and explained why they are offensive, too.

 

✔@AndyRichter

Replying to @AndyRichter
And I will still reach the end of my life having walked through most of it with an emotional limp. I do not wallow in self-pity. No one did this to me. It is just how it is. I am just unlucky.

Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

“Depression is a choice” = “your pain is your fault”
“You can overcome this if you just try hard enough” = “Your pain is making me uncomfortable. Please shut up.”

9:30 PM – Nov 17, 2017

 

✔@AndyRichter

Replying to @AndyRichter
“Depression is a choice” = “your pain is your fault”
“You can overcome this if you just try hard enough” = “Your pain is making me uncomfortable. Please shut up.”

Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

If you are unburdened by depression, real true depression, count yourself lucky. Keep your quick fixes to yourself. This is the kind of bullshit that kills people. Learn, then speak. Or just be lucky and quiet.

9:35 PM – Nov 17, 2017

 

Richter’s rant is actually one that is incredibly real and raw. As well, it puts the depression argument into perspective, as his profession is comedy – one which people associate with happiness and laughter. It showcases that people don’t choose depression, depression chooses us and sometimes we can’t do anything about it. We don’t always have things to be unhappy about like Richter explained, but it doesn’t make the sadness within us go away.

People on Twitter were impressed and grateful for his commentary on depression, seeing as it’s a common illness many of us suffer from on an everyday basis.

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Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

Jennifer Wright

✔@JenAshleyWright

Thank you for talking about this. Medication has been a godsend for me. Depression a disease and needs to be regarded as such.

12:10 AM – Nov 18, 2017

✔@AndyRichter

Replying to @steveagee
Thanks Steve!

Leila Gardner@leila_gardner

This thread really moved me. Thank you thank you thank you.

3:51 AM – Nov 18, 2017

 

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

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✔@emmaroller

Andy, as someone with depression, I recognize your pain and appreciate your words. That said, cursing out someone with ~500 followers seems unhelpful. You can use your platform to dispel myths about mental health without punching down.

11:47 PM – Nov 17, 2017

 

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

Johanna@Johanna_Ann

I spent 10 years telling myself my depression and anxiety were a choice.

They are not. They are genetic and they nearly killed me. Admitting I didn’t chose to be this way saved my life.

8:41 PM – Nov 17, 2017

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Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

Nato Coles@NatoColes

Thank you for this thread

3:17 AM – Nov 18, 2017

 

17 Nov
Andy Richter

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

Ann Wilmer-Lasky 🎈@awlasky

Thank you, Andy. Mine has never been a choice. 🙃

9:39 PM – Nov 17, 2017

 

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

Young Santa Claus@fakemikejones

Thank you for this. As a person who objectively has his life together & is comfortable financially/career wise. I still can’t shake the feeling that I’m a failure somehow & cannot understand why I am unhappy. I understand that feeling all too well.

5:52 AM – Nov 18, 2017

 

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

Richard Marx

✔@richardmarx

Always been a fan, Andy. And can sadly relate. Your articulation of what it’s like is perhaps the best I’ve ever heard. I wish you strength in the fight. ✌️

8:29 AM – Nov 18, 2017

 

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

Alexander Lawrence@alexandersviews

As a person who has battled depression for 30 years…thank you Andy! I can’t just cheer up or look on the bright side of things. I have to fight to be here, I wish I didn’t have to.

6:40 AM – Nov 18, 2017

 

✔@AndyRichter

Oh really? Well “go fuck yourself” is a directive. https://twitter.com/_asiastabler/status/929813622943109120 …

ExhaustedKitteh@Haikukitteh

I have tried many times to live like depression is a choice. It does not work. Eventually I find myself fantasizing about being dead. Anyone who says this crap does not understand what depression really is.

10:56 PM – Nov 17, 2017

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