Death Of A Jackass

June 23rd, 2011 by Kyle


As I’m sure many of you know, on July 20th, Ryan Dunn, costar of MTV’s Jackass, was killed along with a friend in a car crash on a Pennsylvania road.

The next day, movie critic Roger Ebert tweeted: “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive”. There was an immediate response, much of it negative. Some of it came from Bam Margera, Dunn’s costar and friend, who was (understandably) grieving and upset. In the face of this, Ebert backpedaled from his tweet.

He shouldn’t have.

The results of the forensics are in, and the facts are this: Dunn was driving with a blood alcohol content that was around twice the legal limit, and was doing an estimated 140 MPH at the time he crashed. It has now been revealed that he had no less than 23 previous driving infractions on his record, including a DUI that had led to his license being suspended for a year.

If those aren’t the actions of a jackass, in the true sense of that word, what is?

If Roger Ebert won’t say it, we will: not only was Ryan Dunn a jackass, but he was stupid, irresponsible, reckless, and negligent. He could have just as easily killed far more than the two people he actually did kill that night, and one wonders if Margera would have the same angry words ready if that had indeed happened. Ebert, in taking back his words, said they were “unseemly”. Allow us to disagree. There is nothing unseemly about pointing out that Ryan Dunn’s death was his own damn fault, and that no one should be angry at anyone other than Dunn himself over it. There is even less unseemly about pointing out that a friend really would never have let Dunn do what he did. It’s too bad that Margera wasn’t there that night to stop him, but he wasn’t, what happened happened, and there’s no point in getting angry at Ebert, or anyone else, for pointing out the obvious.

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