No More Drama: @MetroBHickey’s comment on people passing judgment comes after the firestorm ignited by film critic Roger Ebert’s tweet, “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.”
Ebert was referring to “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn’s death in a car crash early Monday.
Thousands reacted to Ebert — in agreement and disagreement — most notably Facebook, which temporarily shut down his page, Perez Hilton and Dunn’s friend Bam Margera.
Ebert wrote an explanation in the Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday, saying “I Wasn’t Calling Ryan Dunn a Jackass.”
Then, with the sharp cunning that only a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic could pull off, Ebert uses Margera’s mother’s words in his defense.
“Out of this the sane voice April Margera emerges: ‘He drove too fast and I yelled at him all the time about that.’ She was being Ryan’s friend. Friends don’t let friends drink and drive.”
While there’s been wide speculation that Dunn may have been driving drunk, a toxicology report will not be available for weeks, according to the Chester County Coroner’s Office. The official cause of death is “blunt and thermal trauma due to a motor vehicle accident.”
[Chicago Sun-Times, @MetroBHickey, NBC Philadelphia]