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November 22nd, 2014

Did Roger Ebert Offend You With His Ryan Dunn Comments?

I let this one go but I am surprised by how much it has been bothering me over the last few days. Ryan Dunn one of the stars of Jack Ass as we all know recently passed away and regardless of whether you liked him, loved him or considered him a ‘jackass’ you cannot help but think of his family and the tragedy of a life lost to young.

When Ryan Dunn died there was little known other then he had been drinking at a bar according to friends and his Porsche was in an accident which resulted in his death and his passengers. Roger Ebert a film critic whom I assume needs no introduction shortly after the death of Ryan Dunn took to his Twitter page to mock the 34 year olds death writing;

 

Friends Don’t Let Jackasses drink and drive.

Considering that Ebert has had his own serious health scares and I am sure has faced his own mortality more so then any of us I would think he would have more sensitivity but more importantly I question what drove a respected film critic to turn to his twitter followers and make such an incredibly insensitive statement. At the time there was no information on the accident or what caused it other then ‘speed was probably a factor’ and to turn to Twitter to make such a callous statement to me seemed extremely odd. What was his motive?

Did Roger Ebert Offend You With His Ryan Dunn Comments?

Ryan Dunn as seen in Jackass The Movie, 1977 – 2011, RIP

Ryan Dunn’s death was a tragedy and unfortunately it seems one that could have been avoided according to ABC News who are reporting that Dunn was over the legal limit and driving far to fast. The death of Ryan Dunn and his passenger should be an eye opening moment for everyone and something we all keep in mind but I still wonder am I alone in thinking that the Ebert’s statements were uncalled for. Ebert is right, drinking and driving is foolish and perhaps some of you agree with his twitter statement but to me it was the context and the timing that make it in incredibly bad taste and shows a complete lack of class.

My heart goes out to Ryan Dunn’s family and parents and those of the cars passenger may they rest in peace.




30 Comments


  1. Adamhollow

    no one cares what Ebert said. He’s right.


  2. Hes definitely right but he didnt have to sound like a complete D!ck. Like he had something against the guy or something..Have some respect old man.. Whos roger ebert anyways?


  3. Jessie

    Ebert’s comment was completely uncalled for. Yes he may have been drinking, but the man died, along with his passengers who most likely CHOSE to get into the vehicle with Ryan. Think about their families and friend during this tragic time and keep your nasty opinions to yourself. Yes, drinking and driving is a problem and people fall victim to it all the time, but there’s nothing we can do about this particular situation…  so get off your damn high horse and so some sympathy and respect… The world lost a good man, good men lost their best friend, their brother… So c’mon people, seriously. Roger Ebert can go to hell…


    • WylieC

      “There’s nothing we can do about this particular situation”?  We can take
      this ‘particular situation’ and use it to continue to educate people that
      nothing good comes from alcohol or drugs when mixed with a motor
      vehicle. The tragedy of
      this ‘particular situation’ could have been AVOIDED and then the families
      and friends left behind to mourn their loved ones would not have the
      pain, heartbreak and overwhelming sadness to deal with.  Yes those left
      behind should be shown sympathy and respect but bottom line is…Ryan
      Dunn CHOSE to drink and drive!!  and sadly his friend CHOSE to ride with him.

      And drinking and driving is not something “people fall victim to”.  If
      you drink and drive you made that choice, you are not a victim. If you
      ride with someone who has been drinking, you are not a victim.  If you
      are killed or hurt by someone that chose to drink and drive, and you had
      no choice, THEN you are a victim.

      Drinking and driving is a selfish and indefensible thing to do. 
      Ryan Dunn killed himself and his friend, they both chose to be in that
      vehicle. Now imagine if they had killed or life altered, one of your loved ones, that
      didn’t make that selfish choice, in their horrible crash…..would you feel like sending Roger Ebert to hell then? My heart aches for their loved ones, but please do not lose sight of the issue here.

      Ryan drank, he drove, he died, his friend died and their families are changed forever.


  4. Nemolandscapes05

    ryan dunn forever jackass greatnessss no matter what !!


  5. Rob

    A tragedy is something which happens to a person (or persons) that is unexpected. Therefore, this is not a tragedy. Get drunk and drive your Porsche at 110 miles per hour and you get what you get. I’m just glad no innocent pedestrians were killed.


  6. ScottP.

    This is a very serious issue and the only way we can really expose and be effective in the dangers of drinking and driving is striking when the iron’s hot. Here we have somebody in the media die and kill somebody in the process. My deepest condolences to family and friends, but people need to understand the circumstances of these deaths. I loved Dunn, but this was a very selfish thing to do and people need to know about it, not wait until people can handle it.


  7. ScottP.

    This is a very serious issue and the only way we can really expose and be effective in the dangers of drinking and driving is striking when the iron’s hot. Here we have somebody in the media die and kill somebody in the process. My deepest condolences to family and friends, but people need to understand the circumstances of these deaths. I loved Dunn, but this was a very selfish thing to do and people need to know about it, not wait until people can handle it.


  8. Titus

    Dunn killed his passenger (and it could have just as easily been some innocent bystander). Stop crying like he’s some poor victim.


  9. Titus

    Dunn killed his passenger (and it could have just as easily been some innocent bystander). Stop crying like he’s some poor victim.


  10. Squidgee84

    I wasn’t offended by Ebert’s comments whatsoever. I found them doscile and to the point compared to some of the things being posted daily about it.  It is never celebrated when someone dies but when a grown man who knows better drinks and drives and not only kills himself but a friend you can only shake your head and think “what did you think was going to happen?”  Ebert’s comments point a finger at his friends for letting him drink and drive in the first place and I don’t really think its the worst thing said about the accident on twitter to begin with. The only reason this is getting so much heat is because there is never a moment in this world where people dont need to point their emotions somewhere else and as usual, over react.


  11. Ahsgsyx

    I’m glad after reading some of these comments, that there are actually some intelligent people still out there. Ebert’s comments came a little too soon after the accident, but they were true nonetheless. Drinking and driving is one of the dumbest things you can do. My neighbour’s 6 year old son was killed a few years ago because he was hit by a drunk driver at 5 o’clock in the afternoon while he was riding his bike. All these people saying “fuck roger eberts what a fucken asshole” obviously haven’t had something like this happen to them.


  12. Macaronipony

    Roger Ebert is bang on.  Friends and Family say that it was too soon or that he should have some compassion.  Why should we have compassion for someone who does not give a shit about others who are on the road.  The passenger’s family should be livid about this.  His point is that the others that he was drinking with should not have let him drink and drive but they were all most probably just like him.  They have no respect for the safety of others.  His car could have left the road at any other point.  He was lucky that it was where there were only trees.  If he would have smashed into another car, 100% of the population would be agreeing with Roger.  He only killed 2 people so Jackass fans don’t care.  They should care!


  13. killerkyleigh

    people are so dumb, like robert ebert. who i just now heard of. there are still not all the facts about this tragedy. who are we tp judge ryan dunn anyway. he’s gone. does that make you critics happy. save the drunk driving lessons for your children. dont preach to some website. keep your bullshit to yourself. ryan dunn was hilarious. it wasnt proven if he had 6 drinks or more. but a man who drinks alot doesnt get wasted that easily. and IF he was wasted where were his friends or bystanders at the bars to take his keys? critics shut the fuck up. you dont know shit because there are no proven facts on the web. its all bullshit. watch jackass in respect and shove all your selfless comments up your asses and show respect for two men in a car crash and see it as that. RIP RYAN DUNN.


  14. Anon.

    No but for his celerbrity status and likeability who would come to protect Dunn.  You’ll would be thinking the exact same thing as Roger (or be completely ambivalent)   He was wasted and driving extremely recklessly…just glad he did not kill others.


  15. T Orlova

    Take it from the Canadian Press killerkyleigh, “Toxicology report shows ‘Jackass’ star Ryan
    Dunn was drunk at time of fatal crash” He was drunk well beyond the legal limit. I don’t care if he seemed fit to drive, he was in a bar drinking. PERIOD. He drank and drove, and got his consequence. Roger was right, because no one listens when its spoken as a lesson, people only learn the hard way. ON TOP OF THAT, he was charged for driving under the influence before this accident, and what did he do? He did it again, so take your defensive bullsh!t somewhere else. He knew what he was doing, and he did it again. This time killing another victim.  Google the article, and you’ll see it.


  16. Pam2k5

    It does not matter what the cause of the persons death was , the fact is
    they have paid the ultimate price for there mistakes and its time for
    people to get a life and leave the friends and family of these 2 men
    alone to mourn the loss of a loved one. It’s amazing how far some people
    will go for publicity. Karma works in mysterious ways. people should
    remember that. He has
    paid his dues for his mistake now shut up and leave them to rest in
    peace. my prayers are with Ryan’s family and friends . Especially Bam i
    know you must feel lost the past couple of days. Best wishes to you in
    this time of grief. Don’t pay any attention to these low life’s, you
    know who Ryan really was and that’s all that matters.


  17. Moonraker1000

    I completely agree with Ebert. He drank, drove, and killed two people. This is indefensible behavior.


  18. Sevensins71907

    No matter what your oppinion may be, Ryan Dunn was a person not a ficticious creation, so he has no reason to comment thats not his job. Have some respect for the family and friends who lost a loved one. Give them time to mourn him before spitting garbage!!!! Insensitive jerkoff!!!!


  19. Jrscollectibles

    Roger Ebert is a Jerk! He should crawl back under that rock where he came from!


  20. Jrscollectibles

    Roger Ebert is a Jerk! He should crawl back under that rock where he came from!


  21. Elmira

    No he didn’t. I am sorry that Dunn and his passenger died, but he was very drunk and racing, this was inevitable sooner or later. What Mr. Ebert said was the truth, plain and simple, he shouldn’t have to apologize for telling it like it is.


  22. Amanda

    Roger Ebert is 100% correct. Not only did Ryan Dunn kill himself – he also killed someone else. Nobody has any business driving 130mph on a public highway. What if his car would have hit another vehicle rather than a tree? Ryan made a poor decision and so did his friends for letting him drive in the first place.


  23. EmilyMz

    People who drink and drive are murderers. Yeah he died, but as people have said before, he also killed his friends!!!! Think of THEIR families!!!


  24. Space

    My view? I think that Ebert was quite brave to come out and say what was on a lot of people’s minds. I guess you could say the timing of his comments was insensitive but drunk drivers kill thousands of people every year. People have a right to feel angry about it.


  25. Space

    My view? I think that Ebert was quite brave to come out and say what was on a lot of people’s minds. I guess you could say the timing of his comments was insensitive but drunk drivers kill thousands of people every year. People have a right to feel angry about it.


  26. Reryro

    Who is this person writing this article anyway? How can someone who writes for a living not know the difference between then and than, and to and too, and when to use which? What an ignoramus!


  27. MovieJay

    Truth is never bad, even if its timing is sometimes inconvenient to us.

    Ebert’s tweet sums up the stark message of that kind of tragedy.

    Things like this give us teachable moments, and that’s it.



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