Roger Ebert has sparked two social media outcries in the last 24 hours, beginning with this tweet in response to the death of Ryan Dunn, a star of the “Jackass” MTV show and movies.
Dunn and a passenger died
in a fiery crash on Monday morning. His friends have said
he consumed three beers and three shots before getting behind the wheel.
The tweet from Ebert sparked vitriolic responses on Twitter and on Ebert’s Facebook page
. At one point on Tuesday morning, Facebook shuttered Ebert’s page as an apparent reaction to the hateful comments.
An outpouring of support for Ebert followed on Twitter, and the page was reinstated. Twitter members have also tweeted in defense of Ebert’s remark about Dunn.
Ebert, meanwhile, has been unapologetic about the tweet. At point, he said:
He also preceded his controversial tweet with this one about Dunn’s death.
In January of this year, Facebook blocked a blog post
by Ebert because of its alleged “abusive content.” Ebert called the move idiotic.
Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told The Washington Post
: “The page was was removed in error. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Ebert published a blog post clarifying his remarks. He said: "I don't know what happened in this case, and I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly." Read his full post here