Ryan Dunn died in a June, 2011 accident in Pennsylvania when the Jackass star crashed his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3, resulting in a fiery death for both himself and his passenger Zachary Hartwell.
Pennsylvania investigators concluded that Dunn was driving up to 140 miles per hour when he crashed. His blood alcohol content was.196, which is far higher than the legal limit of.08.
In other words, it was a tragic accident — and, perhaps, a preventable one.
Nonetheless, when somebody has just passed, it’s traditional to let people grieve before jumping in to lecture them about how the victim brought it on himself. Ryan Dunn’s fans clearly never forgot, and many of them never forgave, that noted film critic Roger Ebert shot right out with a tweet saying, “Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive.”
There was an outpouring of anger at the time, and Ebert poured more fuel on the flames when he posted in his blog, “I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true.”
According to Ebert, enraged Jackass fans were so offended that they even succeeded in having his Facebook page temporarily suspended for being “hateful.”
And, obviously, some fans are still angry. Upon hearing the news that the 70-year-old film critic died today, they were quick to remind people that Ebert didn’t exactly allow Dunn to get cold in his grave before he started in with the criticism — and Ryan Dunn’s fans want Ebert to get the same treatment.
Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.
— Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) June 20, 2011
Remember when Roger Ebert made fun of Ryan Dunn dying? LOL.
— Jay from Huntington (@JfromHuntington) April 4, 2013
RIP Roger Ebert. Definitely a legend. Even though what he said about Ryan Dunn was tasteless and unforgivable.
— Dustin Sowards (@diggity_dustin) April 4, 2013
And don’t tell me that what I’m saying about Ebert is too soon. Do you not remember what he said about Ryan Dunn a day after the accident?
— Love Laughter Truth (@ZakkiDee) April 4, 2013
No offense to roger Ebert… But Ithink Ryan Dunn is waiting to antique him on the other side. #riprogerebert
—???? (@Rocketskates4L) April 4, 2013
Someone should hack Ryan Dunn’s twitter and post a derogatory statement about Roger Ebert’s death.
— Ryan Katastrophe (@Ryanisthatguy) April 4, 2013
I could go on endlessly, but you get the idea. Let’s hope that Ryan Dunn and Roger Ebert can shake hands and forget their differences in heaven, because it ain’t happening on Twitter.