Roger Ebert tweeted “Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive” shortly after the death of Ryan Dunn, star of Jackass who died in an automobile on June 20, 2011.
Dunn’s death MAY have been a result of him drinking and driving. The police, however, have not announced any conclusions.
Almost immediately after Ebert’s tweet, many complained that it was too soon and too insensitive. However, the backlash against Ebert is almost as harsh, if not more so, than his Tweet about Dunn’s death.
Many targeted the fact that his face is disfigured by his battle with thyroid cancer.
Ortizsays tweeted: “Not only is he jawless, he's spineless. Bless the trolls who called his a** out and got his FB page taken down.”
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Cokelogic tweeted: “I'm with Bam Margera. Roger Ebert should shut his jawless mouth. What type of person makes these morbid jokes? Roger Ebert should be fired!”
Tankpuncher tweeted: “Friends don't let jawless, deformed c**** make s***** comments about a guy that just died less than 24 hours ago.”
Ebert, on his part, said the following in response to the storm of backlash:
“I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn's family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash. I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one. I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. “