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Roger Ebert's Insensitive Tweet About Ryan Dunn Lands Him in Social Media Prison

June 21, 2011

Rebecca Villaneda--HispanicBusiness

Roger Ebert

Seems like the criticism in Roger Ebert has gone past films.

Ebert, a well-known film critic, on Monday was a bit insensitive following the death of 34-year-old "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn. Dunn allegedly was drinking and driving when his Porsche drove off a Pennsylvania highway and became engulfed in flames. Dunn and a passenger were both killed.

Following the news, Ebert tweeted: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." He is getting hate comments from every direction, including Dunn's close friend and "Jackass" co-star Bam Margera.

Margera, according to Time magazine, took to his Twitter account to slam Ebert for his lack of taste: "I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day and piece of s**t roger ebert has the gall to put in his 2 cents about a jackass drunk driving and (he is) one, f*** you!"

Margera then added, "Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat f*****g mouth!" according to Time.

Ebert's Facebook account also was suspended for his rant about Dunn:

"Pages that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed," reads the message from Facebook.

Ebert's response to the suspension?
"Facebook! My page is harmless and an asset to you. Why did you remove it in response to anonymous jerks? Makes you look bad."

As of about 9 a.m. Pacific Time, Ebert's Facebook account was back up.

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