"These are just veiled attempts to sensationalise and make what really is a tragedy a big story to tell people..."
Linkin Park at Soundwave Festival (Linkin Park by Josh Groom, Tyler Bennington on Tiktok)
CONTENT WARNING: This article contains a discussion of mental health. If you are suffering from any of the issues that have been discussed or need assistance, please contact Lifeline at 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636.
A TikTok user with the handle “thoughtprovokingwisdom” should have actually thought before interacting with 17-year-old Tyler Bennington.
Tyler is the son of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, who tragically died by suicide in July 2017.
Tyler Bennington has a TikTok account like many teenagers. He posts about his adventures and interacts with mates his age, and even got to see Depeche Mode earlier this week.
A kid just trying to have fun, Tyler Bennington had to log on one day to read the following conspiracy theory on one of his videos: “your dad didn’t kill himself! I think you know that though! Your dad was a hero to many people, he was doing good in this world, and they didn’t like… [the message cuts off]”.
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Tyler Bennington swiftly responded in a restrained manner, which this user honestly did not deserve. Addressing the comment in a TikTok clip, he said, “This is the bullshit that I will not be dealing with on my page. This person is getting blocked. I’m a child - this is inappropriate to post or comment on my posts or on anybody’s posts, for that matter.”
He continued, “There’s no evidence to this; there’s no evidence to any of these theories that have been made. These are just veiled attempts to sensationalise and make what really is a tragedy a big story to tell people, so, get a life, man. Thanks.”
He also captioned the TikTok by firmly stating that he will not tolerate this kind of behaviour “about me, my family, or any fan on my page. It pains me to know that there are still people in the world who listen to this attention seeking slander.
“This is the only video i will post like this, for any other comments like this, I reserve the right to mock and ridicule you back before blocking you. Thank you to everyone who has left supportive and kind comments. You are truly kind people.”
Tyler Bennington has recently used his platform on TikTok, where he gets hundreds of thousands of views (or over a million in this case) for mental health advocacy, and this is a message that he has received.
Let’s be clear: nobody should come after Chester Bennington's children with conspiracy theories about how their dad died.
The fact that Tyler Bennington responded with respect and eloquence doesn’t mean he wasn’t affected by this comment levelled at him, but rather speaks volumes about his character - he would rather be the bigger person.
Linkin Park recently announced the release of the spectacular Meteora 20th Anniversary Edition, due for release on Friday, 7 April, alongside the highly anticipated unveiling of the previously unreleased track, Lost, and last week, Fighting Myself.
The iconic nu-metal band are celebrating 20 years of their seminal second record by sharing a Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box Set, Deluxe Vinyl Box Set, Deluxe 3-CD, and Digital Download. Pre-orders are available here.