Roger Ebert: My “Too Quick” Ryan Dunn Tweet “Not Intended As Cruel”

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By Daniel Gates



Roger Ebert has clarified his controversially blunt reaction to “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn‘s fatal car crash, which focused on the possibility it was the result of drunk driving.

After Dunn’s friend Bam Margera blasted Ebert for being insensitive, the film critic expanded on his remarks in a blog post. “To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn’s family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash,” writes Ebert.

“I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true.” While Ebert acknowledges that we don’t yet know whether alcohol contributed to the accident, he does say, “Nobody has any business driving on a public highway at 110 mph, as some estimated – or fast enough, anyway, to leave a highway and fly through 40 yards of trees before crashing.”

“That is especially true if the driver has had three shots and three beers,” writes Ebert, referring to Dunn’s reported consumption on the night of his death. “Two people were killed. What if the car had crashed into another car?” Although Ebert defends his criticism of drunk driving and the message underlying his Twitter post, he does admit, “I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly.”

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