Ebert’s car-crash review hits a nerve
An odd controversy has sprung up in the aftermath of Jackass performer Ryan Dunn’s death in a car crash. The bearded prankster passed away when his Porsche hit a tree in Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, just a few hours before the accident, Dunn had tweeted a photograph of himself drinking with pals.
Somewhat insensitively, Roger Ebert, the veteran critic, himself a Twitter addict, responded with the following post: “Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive.”
Not surprisingly, some observers felt Ebert’s condemnation was a bit premature. Perez Hilton, celebrity gossipmonger, was among the first to cry foul, but Ebert was having none of it.
He tweeted: “Perez Hilton’s readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, two people died.” Tricky. Door, Nicky Phelan, honoured for the animation Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, and Steph Green, director of New Boy, will all be in attendance.
Tomorrow evening, Saoirse Ronan will be in