Hours after Jackass star Ryan Dunn and another passenger were killed in an early morning car accident in eastern Pennsylvania yesterday, film critic and habitual tweeter Roger Ebert posted the news of his passing, with a link to the local NBC News report. Moments later, he followed with, “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.”
Though the West Goshen Police Department’s accident report made no mention of alcohol as a cause of the accident, Dunn had posted a photo on his own Twitter account just hours before the crash that showed him and two friends drinking at a local bar. Though the manager of the bar told CNN, “He didn’t seem to be intoxicated at the time he left,” there’s no denying that Dunn was drinking and driving.
Still, Ebert’s tweet, which used Dunn’s show’s title as a pejorative, rubbed many the wrong way. A few hours later, Dunn’s Jackass collaborator Bam Margera, tweeted “I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day and piece of sh– roger ebert has the gall to put in his 2 cents… About a jackass drunk driving and his is one, f— you! Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat f—ing mouth!”
After Perez Hilton challenged Ebert’s judgment, the film critic later tweeted his satisfaction that readers seemed to be siding with his point of view, summarizing his pov thusly: “He drank, he drove, 2 people died.” But what did you think and feel when you first read Ebert’s initial post? Did he cross the line?