The legendary critic and social media hound. - Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesRoger Ebert's response on Twitter to the tragic death of "Jackass" daredevil Ryan Dunn ("Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive") drew outrage online, resulting in the temporary shutdown of the critic's Facebook page. In a post on his blog, Ebert admits his mistake but stands by his statement:
"I don't know what happened in this case, and I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly. I do know that 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. Two people were killed. What if the car had crashed into another car?"
Ebert, who some psychologists who do not treat him diagnose as "hardened" to others' pain, says his comment was "not intended as cruel. It was intended as true." He cites a remark by April Margera -- the mother of Bam Margera, Dunn's best friend andRead More »from Roger Ebert On Ryan Dunn’s Death: I Tweeted Too Soon