In a world of social media, people now turn to Twitter to express their every thought. Film critic, Roger Ebert, is no exception. Shortly after Jackass star, Ryan Dunn‘s death, Twitter practically exploded with rage when Ebert tweeted, “Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive.” Fans of Dunn were outraged by such a statement, but Ebert has made it clear that he stands by what he said. “Perez Hilton’s readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, 2 people died,” he later tweeted yesterday. Now I’m all about voicing your opinion (it’s kinda my job), but in matters of death, it wouldn’t hurt to show a little tact. To go and tweet a witty joke about the guy’s death hours after he died is below the belt.
The police report says that “speed” may be a factor in the crash, but DUI or drinking was not mentioned. Do I think this could just be a cover up as a way to present Dunn in a different light? It could very well be the case. All signs seem to point to another tragic case of drinking while driving, but that doesn’t excuse writing one line zingers on Twitter about the guy. Bad form Ebert. Two thumbs down.