A petition calling for the dismissal of Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith, after he branded Robin Williams a “coward”, has been signed by more than 277,000 people since its launch earlier this week.
The online petition was launched by SumOfUs.org, a website that they say aims to “counterbalance the growing power of large corporations” (good luck with that).
Talking about Robin Williams and his 3 daughters, Smith said, “You could love three little things so much, watch them grow, they’re in their mid-20s, and they’re inspiring you, and exciting you, and they fill you up with the kind of joy you could never have known,” he said. “And yet, something inside you is so horrible or you’re such a coward or whatever the reason that you decide that you have to end it. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today.”
Smith did apologized for his comments, but this is “not enough” according to the petition.