Tuesday, June 21, 2011

On Roger Ebert’s Tweet

I don’t use Twitter or care much about it, but it’s interesting that it puts people in contact who otherwise wouldn’t be. Case in point, Roger Ebert commenting on the death of Ryan Dunn. Don’t worry, I didn’t know who Ryan Dunn was before this happened, either. Apparently, he was a member of Jackass who wasn’t Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, or Steve-O.

So Ryan Dunn goes out drinking and tweets pictures of himself drinking, then gets into a car crash that same night at 3am. Roger Ebert then made a comment about Ryan drunk driving, and people jumped down his throat for it.

Except… Ryan Dunn is a murderer. He killed the passenger of his car, and I’m thankful he only killed himself and someone who willingly put themselves in that position. It didn’t have to happen. The guy had enough money for a Porsche 911, but not enough sense to hire a cab.

Some people are crying “Too soon!” Too soon for what? Pointing out that stupid actions have horrible consequences? I see so many “He was such a good guy” comments floating around, but clearly he wasn’t if this was how he lived his life. Being somebody you can party with doesn’t make you a good guy, it makes you a fun guy. A good guy wouldn’t thoughtlessly endanger others.

This is precisely the time to make these sort of comments, when the wounds are fresh. The longer you wait, the less likely it will set in. This “tragedy” should be burned into the memories of all the Jackass wanna-bes out there that think they’re invincible and that they can do whatever they want. Clearly his life was worthless, at least we shouldn’t let his untimely death go to waste.

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