Bam Margera Takes Offense To Roger Ebert’s ‘Jackass’ Comment About Ryan Dunn’s Death

Insult to Injury

Yesterday morning we learned the sad news that Jackass star Ryan Dunn and a passenger were killed in an early morning car accident in Pennsylvania. The last photos of Dunn, posted himself online, showed him partying with friends at a bar while drinking alcohol just hours before the accident. As a result, film critic Roger Ebert tweeted the message “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive”. An enraged Bam Margera, who is a close friend of Dunn‘s, blasted Ebert for his comment … resulting in a public feud which, IMHO, just adds insult to the already terribly injury of Ryan‘s death. Additionally, the passenger who was also killed in the accident has been identified as one of the friends that Ryan was partying with at the bar before the accident took place.

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 shit roger ebert has the gall to put in his 2 cents… About a jackass drunk driving and his is one, fuck you! Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat fucking mouth!”

Ugh. On the one hand, I can absolutely understand Bam‘s reaction to Ebert‘s comments. The raw emotion he must be feeling at his friend’s death is prolly still overwhelming … but, I too can understand Ebert’s comment. Drunk driving is among the most heinous crimes because they can effect completely innocent people who just happen to be on the road at the same time as drunk drivers. Altho police have not yet released the cause of the accident, it seems very likely that alcohol was a factor in the accident. New photos of Dunn drinking with friends at a bar shortly before the accident took place have come to light:


If we accept for the moment that drunk driving (coupled with excessive driving speed) was the cause of the accident, then we must accept that the core of what Roger Ebert was saying is true. Dunn‘s friend Zachary Hartwell wasn’t driving and, yet, he is also dead because of this accident. Hartwell‘s identity has been confirmed as the passenger of Ryan Dunn‘s fatal car crash:

Officials have identified the passenger who was killed in “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn’s fatal crash as 30-year-old Zachary Hartwell … a friend who had been hanging with Dunn at a Philly-area bar earlier in the night. Cops say both Dunn and Hartwell (pictured above right) both died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash around 2:38 AM Monday morning. Sources who were at the bar with the two men tell us Dunn had intended to drop Hartwell off at his home … and then Dunn planned to hang out with another friend after that. Hartwell is credited as a production assistant on the “Jackass 2″ movie and recently had a small role in the Bam Margera-directed 2009 movie “Minghags.”

For Margera and the rest of Ryan Dunn‘s family and friends, yes … Roger Ebert‘s comments are way too soon. BUT as a cautionary tale for others, I think they are valid and important. This is what comes of drunk driving. It happens every day, all over the world. Family members and friends are killed in drunk driving accidents every single day. If anything good can come from tragedy like this, my hope is that others will learn that drunk driving is not worth the risk to one’s life and the life of others.

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  1. Nicole

    One of the local news stations (I live in an area a few miles away from west chester) said that Hartwell was an Iraq War Veteran. Just makes the whole situation even more tragic.

  2. Margie

    Perhaps Ebert knows firsthand the pain of losing people to drunk drivers? I dunno. Regardless, it seems it could have easily been prevented and it’s those kinds of deaths that hurts many, many people.

  3. Elissa

    Given that the incident only happened hours before, I feel Ebert could have given a “cautionary tale” about drunk driving that was said with a bit more tact and class. It is an unfortunate situation and there are many young people that will take his death and the way it happened to heart. For most of the people that admired and followed the “Jackass” crew, I think his death will be enough of a cautionary tale in it’s self. IMHO I don’t think there was any need for Ebert’s comment.

  4. ella

    Yeah I think Ebert could have waited until the official accident report is released, and he could give the message without being either pejorative or making a joke about it. Drinking and driving is a terrible crime but hasn’t Ryan Dunn already paid the highest price for it? His friends and family deserve at least a few days with people respecting their grief.

    • @ella — I don’t understand where people think Ebert was making a joke … his comment seems deadly serious to me ;(

    • Janaegal

      I think people see Ebert’s comment was a joke because his play of friends don’t let friends/jackass drive drunk.

      I can see Ebert’s outrage in someone selfishly driving drunk/buzzed/intoxicated…and I can also picture JUST loosing my good friend, whether they were driving drunk or not, and just feeling pain and wanting to lash out at comments that seem insensitive because they came too soon.

  5. ashtonlee

    I agree with Elissa.. way too soon and out of line. coming from someone who lives in west chester area.. gay street just won’t be the same without him anymore. trav and the pale horse will miss you Dunn!!

  6. Megan

    actually agree with Roger Ebert’s comment. Having seen people go through the pain of losing someone due to drunk driving I have to agree that it’s an idiotic thing to do. I hope this highlights it for people out there.

  7. Drinking and driving is just horrible but I find it useless to say such things so close to his death. God, I think he was so damn hot and he looks pretty drunk in those photos!!

  8. Is that what Ebert REALLY looks like?

  9. dani

    Very sad. As someone who knew somebody that killed themselves drinking and driving while underaged, I think ebert’s comment was out of line. Maybe he meant well but he could of said it in a more appropriate way, and I think using the word “jackass” is what made the comment the most offensive. When the person I knew died, it was SO infuriated hearing people just lecturing on how stupid she was for drinking and driving just days after her death. I was in love with the jackass crew all through high school so i am very saddened by this. I feel so sad for the friends and families of the victims. RIP.

  10. norma

    WWow!!!!…ur editorial is so well put!!!!…..u said it so nice and yet put ur point across….yes,…what roger beret said was correct but not now……its too new…too fresh…too raw and painful……of. course people are going to react with rage…they are in a rage ….a. helpless rage at the death of their young and so full of life friend…..so full of rage that they’re going to aim it at somebody…and that somebody is roger….May his death and his friends death not be in vain…may somebody take heed and NOT drink and drive anymore!!!

  11. @ Rob – thank you, I just wasn’t sure. And yes this incident is very sad & tragic. No matter what the cause of the accident is/was its still very sad news. ~RIP Ryan Dunn~

  12. Ama

    While I understand what Roger Ebert was trying to get across, he could have done it in a more respectable way to both Ryan Dunn and Hartwell-his wording was very disrespectful to them and their friends and families. Like I said on the post of Ryan Dunn’s death yesterday- a death, no matter how it comes to be, is tragic and should be respected.

    One can use this death, if drinking and driving was a main factor for it, as a teaching lesson to not drink-even if it was only a ‘few’ drinks- and drive while still being respectful to those that died from the event.

  13. Trish

    I’m sure I’ll get a lot of heat from this, but I feel I must share my opinion. I only ever watched Jackass the movie, nothing more, so I can’t really speak too much on Ryan Dunn’s life or death. I do not condone drinking and driving whatsoever, especially when it involves death. I think Ebert’s comments were seemingly rude, no matter the truth in his words. Plenty of people could have made such equally rude comments about his smoking and drinking which likely caused his cancer. The fact is that people make dumb choices that can be life-altering/ending and we cannot change the past. Now is not the time to be judged, but let this man’s family and friends grieve.

  14. Winona

    I applaud Roger Ebert for having the courage to say what a lot of us were thinking. Whether or not alcohol was officially involved, it is suspected that excessive speed was also a factor. A young man who thinks he’s indestructible driving a fast sports car after a night out on the town with friends is definitely a cautionary tale. Let’s hope that others out there will take this seriously.

  15. i think Eberts words were great, and not a moment too soon. i think im one of the few people who didnt say “R.I.P” to Ryan. as someone who lost a close cousin to a drunk driver, i have no sympathy for what happens to a driver who gets behind a wheel after drinking.
    harsh..sure. but truthful.

  16. k

    While I can see how some would find the “jackasses” part insensitive, I am fine with Ebert’s comment. I agree with you, Trent, about how awful drunk driving is. A drunk guy nearly killed my parents and caused them permanent injury, which changed our lives for the worse. All because he chose to drive himself to a bar, get drunk, and get back in his car. AND because nobody at the bar stopped him from driving (despite numerous witnesses coming forward afterward to say they knew he was drunk and knew he was getting in his car). The guy who hit my parents died in the crash (I don’t call it an “accident”).

    I am very sad for Dunn and Hartwell’s loved ones; this is a tragedy for them. I am also deeply relieved that no one else in the vicinity was harmed. Based on my personal experience, it is difficult for me to feel anything other than anger toward those who drive drunk, but I do feel for their loved ones.

  17. Michelle

    @Trent – I agree with you. I sympathize with Bam Margera and I get that his emotions are very, very raw right now and he would be angry at that comment, which I’m sure Ebert probably figured as well. (He’s not dumb) But I also get what Ebert is saying too. I think the “jackasses” was a play on words on his part, but was also meant to get a point across. It would appear from the pictures Ryan posted that he was certainly out drinking just before he decided to drive.

    The situation is unfortunate all around. I liked Johnny Knoxville’s statement, which seems the most middle of the road. The people who are angry with Ebert are probably going to have to come to terms with, and admit that Ryan was in the wrong by driving, and his decisions took more than one life. That being said, my heart goes out to his family and friends, because regardless of how it happened, this is still a tragedy.

    I did hear Facebook took down Ebert’s profile after users complained about his Tweet. Apparently, it has since been reinstated. I do find that whole thing interesting though. What message does Faceboook send to the public in doing that, especially since the comment wasn’t made on their site?

  18. Jay

    This is a polarizing issue, for sure. I understand those who are grieving for Dunn and Hartwell, but I have a very knee-jerk negative response to anyone who chooses to drink and get behind the wheel. My cousin was paralyzed from the chest down and his pregnant wife was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver, so it just hits a little too close to home. Seeing so many celebrities get off on drunk driving charges with a slap on the wrist infuriates me. It’s a very serious, dangerous crime and one that I think needs to be punished harshly.

  19. sarahhh

    i can sympathize to their loved ones, a death is painful no matter what the situation is. i have zero tolerance for drunk driving. ZERO! there’s always another way to get home. don’t get what would make a person drive a car when they are clearly intoxicated. from this, maybe people will think twice about getting behind a wheel.

  20. SuzieB

    While I completely agree that drunk driving is a heinous thing to do… Ebert should never had said something like that on the day of his death. He could’ve used some class and waited a few days, or especially until it was definitely determined that he’d driven drunk. Just because he had pics taken with drink in his hand doesn’t definitely mean he was drunk.

  21. Shana

    For starters, let’s all admit (with one or two exceptions) that we didn’t know Ryan Dunn. We’re sad that he’s dead, but we didn’t actually know him. So when we say “his friends and family” we’re not including ourselves in that group. It is immediately weird, then, that people have such strong feelings about this.

    I think young people in our society are just so infatuated with celebrity that they can’t see the distinction A) between right and wrong (ie whether or not he was drunk is irrelevant; he killed someone by acting like a dumbass) and B) how to feel sad that someone died when you never actually knew that person. It’s a strange dilemma, actually. It’s fine to be sad for that person’s friends and family, and sad for good times you may have been provided by this person; but to get genuinely bent out of shape and start attacking others for their opinions of this person is kind of crazy!

    It’s horrible that someone is dead. It’s even more horrible that someone was killed by someone else’s actions. It’s deplorable that the only reason we’re talking about this is because he is famous for doing stupid shit on film. And it’s a freaking miracle that it took one of them this long to go too far.

  22. CHASE

    Roger is 100% right but his timing was tacky. Anyways, I don’t get this situation at all. Why do people drink and drive and think nothing of it? You can only be lucky for so long until something occurs, such as injury or death. Also, who knowingly lets their friend(s) go behind the wheel after drinking? Not a responsible friend, that’s for sure. It doesn’t how much alcohol a person has consumed: they shouldn’t be behind the wheel period. When you drink and drive, not only do you put your life in danger, but you put innocent people in danger for your selfish reasons. It’s called common sense; use it. This is a very sad situation, but let’s be practical. People have cancer and die and can do nothing about it. People drink and gamble with their life and others and CAN do something about it. I’m sorry but it’s hard to feel sympathetic for such a stupid issue.

  23. Sandy

    I don’t see anything wrong with what Ebert said. It’s the truth. Not only did he kill himself, but he also killed someone else over a stupid decision. Let’s not sugarcoat. Drinking and driving is one of thre dumbest things you could possibly do.
    I hope this is a lesson for all the Jackass guys and their fans.
    We’re humans, we’re not invincible.

  24. Brandon h

    So you make a career out of tempting fate and when it catches up with you you want sympathy and to be treted with kid gloves?

    Uhh no. If your going to be a public figure your going to take the (legitimate) criticism that gets directed at you. If you dont like it then maybe you should get out of the spotlight and turn off the twitter.

  25. Tom

    It is such a noteworthy change in public awareness that so many commenters here “get” what Roger Ebert’s message was. Dunn’s bartender should be the focus of Dunn’s friends’ and family’s ire. And, IMHO, compared to Roger Ebert, you Mr. Bam Margera are the piece of shit for profiting immensely by promoting this kind of idiotic behavior that routinely puts millions of innocent lives at risk daily.

    • SuzieB

      They released report on this actually just now (I’m from the Philly area) and on the surveillance video tape from the bar that Dunn left from he does not appear to be visably drunk, and the bartender who knows him well, has stated that he did not seem intoxicated or he would not have allowed him to drive home. BTW – wow – Why are you calling Bam Margera a piece of sh*t?? They had been doing this since they were young kids and had not even intended to profit from it. There was a market for it and so it was broadcast etc. You going to start slamming MTV now for airing Jackass & Viva La Bam etc?

  26. adri

    I feel bad.. I feel bad for the passenger, his family and those that could of been hurt by Ryan Dunn. I don’t think it was insensitive, just on point. I give kudos to Roger Ebert for speaking with truth.

  27. Tom

    And, again in my humble opinion, you Mr. Bam Margera should be having an epiphany that what grief you are now going through is what is daily foisted upon millions of people nationwide because jackasses drink and then drive. Too many innocents are no longer alive to whine because rich jackasses don’t merely call a cab or arrange for a driver when their out and about drinking. And furthermore, don’t climb up on your mountain of money to claim that your deceased friend only had “x” number of beers, shots, whatever. He put in motion, and his passenger agreed to go along with the all-too-common circumstances that led to their deaths. Thankfully and due to pure luck, no other bystanders were maimed, rendered comatose or brain-dead, or murdered by vehicular manslaughter.

    • SuzieB

      @ Tom -Obviously you’ve been affected by Drunk Driving, but really – why the hating on Bam? He was upset about his best friend dying. Yes Ryan Dunn may’ve been driving drunk (toxicology reports aren’t out yet) but why slamming his friend just for speaking out against Roger Ebert? It was a little too soon to say that… the message while true, definitely Ebert had to know would sting his family & friends. How he died doesn’t negate the fact that his family & friends lost a loved one, as did Zach Hartwell’s. Once it’s been confirmed it was defintely drunk driving then can use this as lesson for sure. At the very least it’s a lesson to not drive fast and recklessly on a windy dark road which is what this road is.

    • adri

      Lol! A lesson? He shouldn’t of been driving fast anyways. I don’t feel sympathy for him, I feel for his family and his passengers family. If it was indeed drunk driving, I think it just adds insult to injury. Roger is spot on, and I feel bad that he had to clarify his thoughts because he was probably hounded with hate messages. SAD! If he had hit another car
      we wouldn’t be having this conversation. It’s a miracle this moron didn’t kill innocents.

  28. adri

    At least he will die of something natural, and not something that that moron could of prevented. It’s funny that you’re hating on Roger Ebert.. do you know him? just saying.

  29. Shana

    Kattmow’s comment is everything that is wrong with society.

  30. Katie

    Um? By your comment I take it you are exempt from the rule about not calling someone you don’t know names?

  31. CJ

    Ugh, shhh Bam. The situation is sad. But here’s my thing, I CANNOT muster any sympathy for someone who kills them self in a drunk driving accident. And I feel bad about the passenger but only to a certain extent because he should have said something too. So does it suck that they’re dead? Sure. Do I think he brought it on himself? Yes I do. Oh well.

  32. Tom

    Driving buzzed = driving drunk. Even if the deceased’s alcohol blood level doesn’t exceed PA’s legal limit for DUI, does anyone really believe that his driving abilities went unimpaired after seeing photos of him drinking with friends before he got behind the wheel? Especially at 3AM on a winding road at high enough of a speed to kill both himself and his passenger despite air-bags? Luckily, I live in a city where cabs, car services and public transit are available, and I use them when I know I’m intending to down a few with friends. Have they done away with these in that region of PA? Once again, I say Mr. Bam Margera should have an epiphany that he’s not the only one who has grieved for a friend killed because of drinking and driving. And, that’s not “hating” being thrown at him. It is a timely lesson that millions of people feel just as deeply the pain of losing loved ones to an often practiced but completely death-defying and needless practice. As for the bartender’s claim that the deceased didn’t appear drunk, talk about covering your own ass in the midst of tragedy!

  33. Kattmow

    @shana , you can fuck off as well douche bag. If it was your family member or someone you looked up to you’d say exactly the same thing. If everyone critically analysed everyone’s death you’d probably find that most deaths could have been prevented from life style choices.

    • Shana

      A) he’s not your family member; if he were, you’d be grieving with the family not cussing out the whole of the internet. B) MOST deaths are not from life-style choices; people die of old age or sickness, people who have never smoked get lung cancer, people are killed by other people for their watches. Death is an unfortunate part of life. C) You don’t know me. I’m not, in fact, a douchebag. And all of the funerals I’ve been to have been for people who were either killed by drunk drivers, were defending our country, were killed in acts of nature, or had long-standing injuries/illnesses. Don’t assume your rage makes you smarter or give you license to hurl insults at the world.

      Driving a car at over 100 mph into a tree isnt something I’d call a lifestyle choice.

      It’s ok to be sad, but lashing out at people over someone you don’t know is cray-cray (do you notice you’re the ONLY one whose every other word is “fuck” or “ass”?). Please see my previous comments above.

  34. Alys

    Bam has a right to grieve for the loss of a friend and he can reasonably complain the timing of Ebert’s public statement showed a certain disregard. But there my tolerance for his outrage ends, for the nature of this death, fueled by excessive alcoholic intake and the inappropriate, dumbass decision to get behind the wheel, puts the blame squarely on Ryan Dunn.

    No one put a gun to Dunn’s head to get in the car. He could have just easily turned to a designated driver, taxi, limo service, or one of a hundred other options. Dunn is an adult, one who made his reputation upon doing an awful lot of immature, foolish activities in front of a video camera. He pushed the envelope, so his behaviour and decision comes as much less of a surprise than otherwise. I cannot believe he lacked any understanding drinking and driving was a bad combination, especially with a Porsche (one of the fastest, most powerful, and hence difficult cars to drive on the road) involved.

    I am sorry for Margera’s loss of a friend, but Dunn committed vehicular homicide for the passenger and could well have harmed innocent bystanders and drivers. The police investigation will provide the most conclusive answers on what happened; I don’t know all the details but Dunn’s intoxication levels meant he should not have been driving, full stop, period. End of story. Ebert was right to call out this fatal decision for what it was: an incredibly poor choice, an idiotic mistake, and a pair of deaths that were completely preventable.

    Dunn wasn’t immortal.

  35. Shiny

    I can see where Bam’s coming from, obviously the guy’s in pain from losing a friend, I think we can all relate. However, the jackass’s all made their fame by performing unbelievably stupid stunts marketed as entertainment, many of them life-threatening. And bragged about them. And sadly, the reputation he cultivated for himself won’t suddenly disappear now that he’s dead. The jackass’s themselves encouraged bet-taking about the results of their stupid behaviour.

    In this case, all evidence so far (including photos Ryan himself put onto the internet) indicates Ryan was probably over the legal limit when he got behind the wheel of the car, and if you’ve seen the latest pictures of what’s left of the car, heard the police statements, it’s pretty obvious he was travelling at tremendous speed.

    Having lost someone to a drunk driver I consider it a bit of a miracle Ryan’s car didn’t hit another car or pedestrian. Ebert is right, friends do not let friends drink drive.

    I suspect ‘millions’ of people aren’t actually in tears over Ryan’s inevitable death as Bam says, although I do think there will be many people feeling empathy for his close friends and family. It’s more likely that millions of people out there aren’t as surprised by the death as Bam seems to be considering the lifestyle that the jackass’s portrayed publicly (which we can reasonably infer reflects their non-public lifestyle considering recent events). Ebert’s public comment was too quick, yes, but I guarantee he’s not alone in connecting the dots, and the jackass’s are going to have to develop thicker skins, sadly, many people will not be as sensitive.

  36. Nathan

    I’m glad he didn’t kill someone else over his stupid actions. It sucks that he had to die, but when you drive drunk, you accept that possible fate.

  37. Samantha Wilson

    I can understand people thinking that Ebert’s comments were a little harsh, but I agree.
    I have absolutely no sympathy for anybody who is hurt, or dies in an accident they caused (because they were drunk, speeding or both – doesn’t matter)
    Being careless on the road puts every single other person on that road in danger. It is selfish and I can’t be sorry that somebody stupid enough to make either mistake is no longer around to put other people in danger anymore.

    I had my spine fractured by one of these people, but I loathed drunk drivers even before that happened. I don’t think it’s something you need a personal experience with to get upset by it.

    Also, regarding @Trish’s comment that people could have been rude about Ebert causing his own cancer, it’s not the same. Not being careful with his own body and having to pay the prince by getting cancer is nowhere near the same as driving around wasted and threatening the lives of every single other person on the road at the same time as you.

    • Trish

      @Samantha, I think you may have misunderstood my comment about Ebert. I was simply trying to convey that people could have been as equally harsh, instead of sympathizing, with the choices he himself has made. I do not know Ebert and do not claim to know, for a fact, that his decisions in life caused his illness, but they likely contributed.
      Also, like I said, I do not condone drinking and driving whatsoever. I agree that making the choice to drive while intoxicated/speeding is something that threatens the lives of others and is an action that should never be taken…EVER! I apologize if the point I was trying to make earlier, wasn’t clear.

  38. Deirdre

    roger is wrong for what he said because of the way he said it. his statement was insensitive to his close friends and family. to assume someone is drunk because they were pictured with one beer is ignorant. NOBODY knows what really happened. yes drunk driving is wrong but how can you judge from a picture? it is sad that this happened and that another person was killed as well but i dont think that this was ryans intention. maybe we should all wait for the FACTS before we put in out 2 cents

  39. Lori

    Ebert was being honest and truthful no doubt about it, I agree with him 110%. But i also feel regardless of the situation and how it happened, two lives were lost, and their family and friends deserve a bit more respect then what being give. Reminder, Dunn was driving NOT his family, not his friends and they do not deserve to be attacked!! I dont believe in drinking and driving but I also dont believe in attacking the dead nor their family! Dunn has already recieved a big enough punishment, just leave it be and allow them to grieve!

  40. Lori

    @deirdre-Your right, noone knows the complete facts. Even if henwasnt drunk, he should have never been driving at 130mph! Hes a big boy, he knew what he was doing regardless of his good or bad intentions. Dont get me wrong, no lives should have been taken, but they were..& theres nothing we can do about it!

  41. Kat

    I strongly believe we should all wait and see if he was drunk or not. All this talk could be for nothing.

    However, he was still speeding majorly, which also a very poor choice. I agree with Robert’s comment, however, none of us know for sure he was drunk. I don’t think Robert meant it as a joke, but I think he was just playing of the show/movie title and such. I lost a good friend of mine and her unborn baby to a drunk driver, who also seriously injured her husband. But the drunk driver came out FINE! There were even people supporting the drunk driver and saying it was my friends fault for being so late. So I agree with nearly everyone, drunk driving is wrong! A choice that can be simply avoided affects SO many people. Ryan and his friend (who by the way made the choice to get in the car with him, knowing he was drunk, if he were) paid with their lives, and they leave behind family and friends who are heartbroken and will never be the same.

    I am very sad that both young men died, and I will keep everyone that knew them in my thoughts and prayers. I do not think Robert was wrong about his comment, but maybe he should have waited a while, but I really don’t think that would make it piss people off less.

    • Kat

      I just realized I typed Robert through that whole comment! I dunno what I was thinking! Just insert Roger instead. Sorry!

  42. ChrisM

    I’m no fan of Ebert but I’m on his side with this one. And for the bar owner to say that Dunn didn’t “look” intoxicated was simply as cover your ass kind of statement as he could possibly be held libel for continuing to serve alcohol to someone who was drunk.

    People who drink and drive honestly believe that they are perfectly capable of doing so – often even to the extent of arguing that they actually drive better when drunk be cause they are aware of their impairment. While it is unfortunate that this accident occurred it is neither the first nor will it be the last time that the same exact thing happens – people fail to learn from the mistakes of others.

  43. JOe

    sad to say that Ryan died and the world will remember him for being a “jackass” and that isn’t a good thing. i mean Ryan’s life was short, but was it fruitful? in that short span what did he do? booze? party all night? crazy stunts? possibly drugs? if he was infact drunk, then he only has himself to blame, and that Ebert has a point, you don’t let your friend, drink and drive if you really care, Oh wait they’re drunk too.

  44. Minnie Mouse

    Without our Jackass buddy Ryan Dynn, Johnny Knoxville and his Jackass gang will never be the same without him, I think Ryan should have learned not to be involved in the car crash, that’s all needs to learn in the first place god rest us soul he’s looking us in Heaven to know what God tells him not to do such stuff anymore and needs to grows up that’s all, I grew up watching him in the popular MTV show from my childhood love him xxxxxxx

  45. stan

    What did he bring to the world . He stuck a car up his butt what a genius how brave .
    But maybe one person will realise how precious life is not to waste two lives like he did .

  46. Denys Bucksten

    Roger is right on. In this case a young man killed himself and a friend. If he had run head on into a family of five and killed them, then we would have even less sympathy for him. As a retired newsman I find little wrong with Roger’s comments. And let’s consider the one comment, labeling Mr. Ebert “a piece of shit”. Really, not in Chicago or most other places, potty mouth. Roger is a national treasure and a man of enormous character. He didn’t “misspeak”, he wasn’t insensitive. He was simply voicing a very informed opinion that will serve as a wake-up call to some and will be ignored or pushed back on by others. Roger doesn’t have to defend himself to most people in Chicago. BTW, it was the late, great Chicago columnist Mike Royko, himself an an alcoholic, who for years warned readers of drunk driving and helped drive the discussion in Chicago, especially, leading to tougher penalties.

  47. Derek Johnson

    I dont care what that asshole says about Ryan Dunn thats was his fault i agree but the people of jackass exspecially Bam Margera does not need that from that addict he doesnt know what hes talking about just look at Ebert he fucked up his life that doesnt mean he can take it out on them i think Ryann was a great guy and all the cast of jackass are great people its a sad thing that happen but look at it this way he died for a purpose god must needed him so who ever says Ryann Dunn was stupid or whatever are wrong and im not going to listen to them

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