Movie critic Roger Ebert had his Facebook page suspended after a comment he made about the death of “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn sparked an angry outcry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ebert responded to the suspension on Twitter, saying, "Facebook has removed my page in response, apparently, to malicious complaints from one or two jerks.”
Ebert also tweeted: "Facebook! My page is harmless and an asset to you. Why did you remove it in response to anonymous jerks? Makes you look bad."
Facebook initially commented on the suspension: "Among other things, pages that are hateful, threatening or obscene are not allowed."
Facebook reinstated Ebert’s page after about an hour.
The Ebert tweet that sparked the controversy came shortly after news surfaced that Dunn, 34, had died early Monday in a fiery traffic accident just hours after he tweeted a photo of himself drinking. Ebert’s tweet: "Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive."
Many fans of Dunn apparently were offended by the tweet, and let Ebert know about it.
Ebert commented on the tweet when he later expressed his sympathy to Dunn’s family on Ebert’s blog: “To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn’s family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash. I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one. I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true.”