Ryan Dunn‘s untimely death yesterday has come as a shock to many. He was involved in a fatal car crash, along with his passenger, after losing control of his Porsche 911 that resulted in a horrible accident. What everyone’s talking about now is how Ryan was drinking before the crash and reports conflict as to how much was alcohol was consumed. Dunn posed for pictures outside the bar he was drinking at with friends, and he did look quite flushed. Reports confirm that he has at least three beers and three shots while there. The autopsy’s currently underway to see whether booze had anything to do with crash or not, but either way, the internet’s already buzzing with both condolences and debate.
One controversy that’s brewing at the moment is due to a tweet by caustic critic Roger Ebert who wrote, “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive. The backlash from the comment has been tremendous and none more so than from Dunn’s friend and co-star Bam Margera who tweeted in return, “I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day and piece of s—t roger ebert has the gall to put in his 2 cents”. Bam followed up with another tweet that raged, “About a jackass drunk driving and his is one, f—k you! Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat f—ing mouth!”
Ebert’s been silent since then tweeting about other subjects. The only time he touched upon the subject again was when PerezHilton went at him in a post that read, “We certainly agree that driving after drinking is wrong, we think there’s no reason – especially RIGHT NOW – that anyone should be pointing fingers or poking fun at a truly tragic situation. Everyone makes mistake, and this is somebody’s son. Too soon, Roger.” Not that it’s affected Ebert who wrote back with, “Perez Hilton’s readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, 2 people died.” And that’s all he’s willing to say. We aren’t fans of Ebert, FYI. We are completely against drinking and driving (and have lost friends because of it), but the fact is that there’s a time and a place to discuss things. Sounding like a jackass right after someone has passed away, isn’t the way to go. R.I.P Ryan.
Do you agree with the bolded? Does it matter that toxicology reports have not yet come back, and that Ebert was only posting/condemning on the assumption of drunkenness? Should it not be mentioned out of "respect" or is the wake of a accident of this nature the BEST time to address issues of the dangers of drinking and driving and speeding?