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Roger Ebert Under Fire for ‘Insensitive’ Tweet About Death of ‘Jackass’ Actor

Jun 21, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Film critic Roger Ebert was criticized as being insensitive for a tweet sent after news broke of "Jackass" performer Ryan Dunn’s fatal car crash, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Ebert implied that Dunn’s car crash was the result of drunken driving when he wrote, "Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive," prompting a barrage of Twitter responses from fans of the late reality star, some of whom asked him to apologize.

While there has been speculation that drinking may have played a role in Dunn’s crash, since he tweeted photos of himself drinking shortly before the accident, the preliminary police report didn’t mention that as a possible cause. The report instead noted speed as a possible contributing factor.

As previously reported, Dunn, 34, was driving a customized Porsche 911 GT3 capable of speeds up to 190 mph when he crashed.

4 Comments

  1. Mr Ebert wasn’t being insensitive — he called Mr Dunn a “jackass” because he was on the TV show Jackass.
    Although if — i’m saying *if* — Mr Dunn was under the influence when he got behind the wheel, and someone had the opportunity to stop him and did not, then that person is certainly a jackass (in the usual sense of the word).

  2. I’m shocked that anyone would question Roger Ebert’s intention about what he said about Ryan Dunn.  And while I’m sorry for Dunn’s family and close friends, this was an accident waiting to happen…and had happened (speeding & alcohol) a number of times before.  And his family and close friends knew it.  That’s why Ebert’s words ring so true.  His friends could have interceded in anyone of his many speeding/suspended license tickets and/or his alcohol binges.  Those friends need to look inward and not point a finger at Ebert. 
    Dunn broke multiple laws on his way to his own death and that of his passenger.
    1) He was drunk.  Twice the legal limit.  
    2) He was speeding over 130 MPH
    3) He’s was driving drunk.
    4) He had broken speeding laws dozens of times in the past.
    5) Killed his passenger
    Unfortunately, today we glorify this kind of “living on the edge” behavior.  In his death, we should learn lessons from this “jackass.”

  3. I’m shocked that anyone would question Roger Ebert’s intention about what he said about Ryan Dunn.  And while I’m sorry for Dunn’s family and close friends, this was an accident waiting to happen…and had happened (speeding & alcohol) a number of times before.  And his family and close friends knew it.  That’s why Ebert’s words ring so true.  His friends could have interceded in anyone of his many speeding/suspended license tickets and/or his alcohol binges.  Those friends need to look inward and not point a finger at Ebert. 
    Dunn broke multiple laws on his way to his own death and that of his passenger.
    1) He was drunk.  Twice the legal limit.  
    2) He was speeding over 130 MPH
    3) He’s was driving drunk.
    4) He had broken speeding laws dozens of times in the past.
    5) Killed his passenger
    Unfortunately, today we glorify this kind of “living on the edge” behavior.  In his death, we should learn lessons from this “jackass.”

  4. their was nothing released about how fast he was going or if he was drunk yet so what u r doing is slander and IS breaking the law so take ur opinion and shove it

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