Roger Ebert’s “Jackass” Tweet Draws Criticism
Roger Ebert’s tweet did not sit well with friends and family of Ryan Dunn, who died Monday in a car crash.
The tweet landed Ebert at the top of Google Trends, and generated more front-page news than the accident itself. The arguments for and against the critic’s statement ranged from free speech issues to matters of civility and timeliness. Was it too soon, was the accident even alcohol-related—and what does Mr. Ebert know about drinking and driving? Oops, that last one might not hold water: Ebert is a recovering alcoholic. At first, Ebert stuck to his guns and restated the facts—Dunn drank, he drove, and two people died. Ebert has since softened his stance, noting on his own blog that perhaps he should have waited before firing off the tweet. But it is a sad fact that Ryan Dunn put up Tumblr pictures of himself drinking just hours before the crash. Is it ever too soon to talk about drinking and driving?