Thursday, June 23, 2011

Real JACKASSes

After spending the last two blogs complaining like a man baby, I have something really good to bitch about.  I think I need to fill in some of the back story first.

The biggest news since Monday (at least on my Facebook wall & Twitter) was the death of Jackass star Ryan Dunn. 

Dunn, was in a car accident at the very early hours of Monday.  We're still not sure if he was drunk behind the wheel (yes, I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt), and at the time this is being written, it's still not 100% sure.  Seeing as they could only identify the body by his tattoos, I'm not sure if they'll know for sure.

Then a twitter battle of sorts came down between film critic Roger Ebert and Jakass star (and very good friend) Bam Margera.  Ebert posted a tweet saying, “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.” 
Quickly Margera tweeted saying, “I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterically for a full day and piece of shit roger ebert has the gall to put in his 2 cents." He went on to tweet, “About a jackass drunk driving and his is one, fuck you! Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat fucking mouth!”
Now I don't think Ebert meant to come off like such an insensitive jerk.  I think he just tried to emphasize the issue of drinking and driving.  It just so happened, that he came off like a prick.

Now I have no tolerance for people that drink & drive.  My brother was almost killed by one years ago (luckily, he's in great shape today).  At the same time, I have no pity because it's the survivors that suffer.  Which is why I can't blame Margera’s reaction.  I would've done the same too.

Now another group is getting in on the mix.  A group that I honestly wish would disappear from the face of the earth.  The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) in Topeka, Kansas.
For those who aren't familiar; The Westboro Baptist church is an extremist group (or as my co-worker calls them ‘fucking dicks’) that's VERY MUCH against homosexuality. They picket funerals, desecrate the American Flag, & do a number of other uncalled for rallies.  They've also have been denounced by many Christian organizations.
They pretty much took Ebert's tweet, and put steroids to it.

They plan to picket Dunn's funeral.  Furthermore, they said, "Dunn is in hell for being a drab pervert who hawked porn-level filth to get rich from a perverse generation.”

Ok, ok...where to begin here.

First off, um wow.  Just a wee bit unnecessary and insane.  I guess I should start off saying that in NO WAY do I condone the actions and beliefs of the WBC.  To be blunt, I think they're a bunch of insane assholes that have the mindset of the dark ages.

Secondly, no matter what they really think of Dunn, they're using his death/fame for publicity.  They don't care who they hurt in the interim, they just want to get their beliefs across.

They have absolutely no reason to be there, other than to profit of people's pain and fame.

Lastly, I want to point out the Jackass Crew and their fan base.  They WILL NOT, take the picketing lightly.  Now I was never the biggest fan of the show, but I do know what they're capable of.  With all the emotions they've been going through since Monday, I can only imagine what they'll do to these people.  Tell you the truth, when they do fight back, a small part of me hopes it's caught on camera.

R.I.P. Dunn

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