Roger Ebert slams death of Jackass star

Jun 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Beloved film critic Roger Ebert took to his Twitter account yesterday with an insensitive remark about Jackass star Ryan Dunn's untimely death. Fans of the Hollywood legend are shocked at this turn of events from the mild-mannered critic.

Roger Ebert

Film critic Roger Ebert, for many years one-half of the beloved film duo Siskel and Ebert, the host of At the Movies from 1982 to 2000 and a survivor of jaw cancer, made a startling remark on his Twitter account, lending his spin on the tragic death of original Jackass star, Ryan Dunn.

Said Ebert, "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive."

Dunn was killed in a tragic automobile accident early on Monday.

According to early reports, Dunn, 34, was driving a Porsche early Monday morning in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, when he lost control of his vehicle and flew over a guardrail. His car reportedly plunged into a wooded area and caught fire. Dunn and the only other passenger in the car were both killed. Police have not said whether alcohol was a factor in his death, but a 100-foot tire skid was found where his car ran off the road.

Ebert has made a living telling it like it is in Hollywood, but could this be a case of thinking out loud or being cruel and humorous in a situation that did not call for humor? He reportedly posted his comment around 3 p.m. EST. Later, California-based blogger Perez Hilton took to his site, bashing Ebert for his insensitivity during this tragedy, stating, "We can certainly agree that drinking after driving is wrong, we think there is no reason, especially RIGHT NOW, that anyone should be poking fingers or poking fun at a truly tragic situation. Everyone makes mistakes and this is somebody's son. Too soon Roger."

Later, around 8 p.m. EST, Ebert fired back on Hilton's site, stating, "Perez Hilton's readers agree with me and not Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, 2 people died."

The police investigation is ongoing. There have been no updated reports about the status of Ryan Dunn's state while he was driving, but this looks like a war of words that will not be diminishing any time soon.