Roger Ebert is eating his words.
After the movie critic tweeted yesterday about Ryan Dunn’s death, “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.” A tragic death just hours before is never an opportunity for twitter wordplay. After Bam Margera ripped Ebert a new one, Ebert is finally apologizing.
Ebert says he “was probably too quick to tweet.” You think? Ebert says his post “was not intended as cruel.”
Ebert is now blogging about his statement on his website, “To begin with, I offer my sympathy to Ryan Dunn’s family and friends, and to those of Zachary Hartwell, who also died in the crash. I mean that sincerely. It is tragic to lose a loved one. I also regret that my tweet about the event was considered cruel. It was not intended as cruel. It was intended as true.”
Someone’s publicist was working hard this morning.
Ebert says he made the drunk driving comment based on reports that said Dunn had been to a bar before the accident. Ebert admits, “I have no way of knowing if Ryan Dunn was drunk at the time of his death. I don’t know what happened in this case and I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly.”
Ebert then went on to say that people shouldn’t drink and drive, “What if the car had crashed into another car?” he adds.
Geez, twitter is getting a lot of stars into controversy lately.