Overheard on CNN.com: Sympathy and scorn for Dunn
"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn died in a car accident early Monday.
June 21st, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Sympathy and scorn for Dunn

Comment of the day:

“Congratulations to all the trash talkers! You are now officially...Jacka$$es! How does it feel?” –Vivalabetsy

More than a 'Jackass'

Ebert makes anti-drunk driving tweet

The death of Ryan Dunn, one of the stars of MTV's "Jackass" films and TV series, in a car crash on a Pennsylvania highway early Monday has ignited a public debate— thanks in part to film critic Roger Ebert, who tweeted, “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.” So was Dunn a reckless stunt man who died in a fiery crash that could have been avoided or a man who simply and tragically died too young?

CNN.com readers were divided.

thekissinger said, “My, aren't we quick to condemn with so few facts. A person has died, his family and friends care right now, and anything else we type should be with those thoughts in mind.” parise said, “Fact: he posted pictures of himself drinking before he drove home. Fact: alcohol inhibits ability to drive.” M0reHuman said, “Fact: He posted a picture of himself with ONE drink. According to current state laws that is legal.” amcdonal86 said, “FACT! His car was completely mangled in a way that only a 100+ mph crash could cause!” Kayakker98 said, “Opinion: He looks hammered in the pic.” mmmikey responsed, “Parise.....pictures of him drinking WHAT? What was in the cup? Do you know? Of course you don't. Ignorant is as ignorant does.”

radgast said, “Most here have driven over the drinking limit, few could say otherwise, whether speed, drinking, or bad luck. His death and the other death are unfortunate and if he could speak I am certain his life would be the last of the concerns when thinking about his passenger and family he left behind.”

norcalmojo asked, “What are you expecting? Adulation? The guy was famous for being an idiot and will now be a little more famous for dying an idiot. If the fact that he's a Darwin award upsets you, wipe your nose. If it makes you feel any better, he died an entertainer. I laughed when I read the story. I laughed again at the fools trying to memorialize him. If you don't want to be remembered for being an idiot, don't make it your profession.”

rsknnp said, “Just because Ryan MAY have made a poor choice does not make his death any less sad. It's still a loss to his friends, to his family, and to the people who enjoyed his humor and appreciated the laughter he brought into the world. I wish they would have added why he was on Minute to Win it with Steve-o. They were both on the show to split the winnings and donate it to their respective charities for children.

If doing one bad thing or making one poor choice completely cancels out every other good thing a person has done, then every human on this earth is a waste of space because everyone out there has done something wrong. RIP Ryan Dunn.”

Aetna7011 said, “To make the jump from "he was having a drink with buddies" to "HE WAS DRIVING DRUNK AND KILLED AN INNOCENT PERSON AND IS A HORRIBLE HUMAN BEING" is a massive exercise in conjecture and ultimately idiocy.”

russpro82 said, “Even after two beers your reaction time is slowed down. That coupled with excessively high speeds is a recipe for disaster. It's pretty sad and I feel for his family and friends (I had a close friend drive drunk and die in a car accident, so believe me....I know). But let's not forget he killed his passenger too.”

tmac1987 said, “Regardless if he partook in idiotic pranks or not, the point remains that Ryan Dunn is dead. He died at a very young age, and he had much more life to live. Maybe he was intoxicated or maybe not, we can speculate until the end of time. Remember people, we are all human, and one day our number will be called. Ryan lived his life to the fullest. He made people laugh! How many people can say they made an impact on someone’s life?”

Bring them home, Mr. President

President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday night to discuss a plan that would pull 30,000 “surge” forces out of Afghanistan by the end of 2012, beginning in July. But many CNN.com readers were skeptical about the plan being executed, said the number of troops coming home wasn’t enough or believe that Obama has merely begun campaigning.

CWMessenger said, “I will end the wars and bring our troops home in 2009...2010...2011...2012. Lots of empty promises is what I see.” TheFinalWerd said, “I heard endpoints too....during campaigning, during his election speech, during his midterm report and now during his campaign for re-election.”

Slag asked, “”Didn't Obama say he would be out of Libya in days, not weeks and we were only there to establish a "no fly zone"? Now I'm supposed to believe this..........really?” But TTHa responded, “We are technically "out" of Libya. We are strictly operating as a support role for the European forces. Our Armed Forces are not on Libyan lands nor flying over Libyan lands. (Drones not counting.)"

Puzzled77 said, “Please Mr. Obama. Bring all the troops home now. It’s been so long.” MatarLaRaza said, “What about the "other" 70,000?” franx asked, “Why not pull out completely? Pointless war, especially now that Osama's dead. One guaranteed way a Republican could steal my vote would be an 'end the war' stance. That'll never happen.”

CmmnSnsRulz responded, “Ron Paul has an ‘end all wars’ stance and 24 years on Congressional record of backing it up.”

Liberal212 said, “Obama's troop pullout = 2012 election gimmick.” gravitas73 said, “Too little too late, pal. You've already lost my vote. This is a political play and I'm not buying into it.” SFactory said, “Obama on the campaign trail as usual – unless he is on vacation." But crazyutahn said, “Anyone who says Obama is doing this for the polls think about this. If he wanted to be re-elected, he would have waited to kill Osama bin Laden until right before election time. Too bad none of you Republicans remember George Bush pulling that with Saddam Hussein.”

Some readers said they support Obama’s plan.

IanA1 said, “At last, a President that has actual entry and endpoint goals. You can't run a strategy without such.” MollyBee said, “President Obama is doing well over there in the huge mess created when Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld went berserk over WMDs that didn't exist.” opus512 said, “No matter what Obama does or when he does it, critics will use it against him. Even when he does something they support, they'll still criticize him for it. Going too far, not going far enough, the only thing that matters is Obama is the one doing it.”

New cigarette labels

Nine graphic cigarette warning labels were unveiled Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration, part of the agency's sweeping new powers to regulate tobacco and tobacco products, and CNN.com readers had plenty to say about it.

Jamalrehtorb said, “As an ex-smoker, I think this is great. Trying to quit is very, very hard and you need all the motivation possible.” jimmymax said, “Canada has been doing this for at least 10-15 years, and it hasn't really had any measurable effect. People are quitting anyway, regardless of all these gimmicks. The only gimmick that has had any real effect is when the price keeps increasing.”

wallster said, “Where do we draw the line? Will I be looking at a photo of a diabetic kidney while I'm eating my morning bowl of cereal soon? It shouldn't take a grotesque photo to scare someone into not smoking you just need a tiny grain of common sense.”

blue175 said, “Now only if they put pictures of clogged arteries and colon cancer on Big Mac boxes, maybe we would have lower obesity as well.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. banasy

    I am all for warning our kids about the hazards of cigarette smoking, but this is a little over the top.
    I am in total agreement with wallster and blue175; if I know today's kids, they will be using the new packs as sort of trading cards: "hey, Matt, did you get the black-lung one yet? Trade you an autopsy one for it if you have two."

    June 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. who cares

    People act like this is sooo awful! one dead three hundred million lived. .not bad average

    June 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jj

    its just silly and banansy you crack me up because what u say is true! and the mcdonalds thing is just around the corner. mark my words!

    June 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KCon


      June 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Helie

    I feel casey anthony killed her daughter by chloraform. She probably gave it to her often and the final dose was the straw that broke the camels back. Did anyone notice that when one of the witnesses gave a testimonial on chloroform she wrote something down. I think she is well educated on chloroform I think Cindy Anthony saved George and her own lives while stirring up the case of their missing granddaughter. With all the information she was looking up on the computer, I feel George and Cindy was her next victims. she would have turn into a serial killer if she wasn't stopped with the death of her daughter.

    June 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mario

    Ebert was right, people just don't want to admit it. Why would anyone be surprised that the idiots of that stupid show have drug problems, alcohol addiction, and premature deaths? It's not like this happened to a cast member of an HBO television show, most of what is on MTV is total trash.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    more chorizo photos on packages of chorizo.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Janet

    Here's the plain truth about the Ryan Dunn incident: His parents have to deal with the loss of their son. His passengers' parents now has to deal with the loss of their son. The only way Dunns' parents can remember their son is that his burnt body had some visible tattoos to identify him. The bar that last served Dunn is now the place where Dunn had his last drink. If people knew him at that bar, the very least they could have done was call a cab for Dunn and Hartwell. The only good thing about this is that no one else–an innocent family in another car–were not involved. No limits? Know your limits.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jordano

      hey janet you have control of you your kid?

      June 21, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Moni

    R.I.P. to him and his family... everyone makes mistakes, and I hope his soul finds comfort. That's why I never drink and drive, I only get high and drive. It's so much safer. 😉

    June 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • clevercandi

      I'm right there with ya, Moni 🙂

      June 21, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |



    June 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Moni

    I mean R.I.P. to him and bless his family.... oops

    June 21, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jkstexas

    It is a tragedy, a very sad day. But the man became famous for putting toy cars where the sun don't shine ... so some ridicule is to be expected .....

    June 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PARROT


    June 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bummer

    Drunk or not, his driving killed his passenger. Given that he had just left a bar and had a previous DUI, Its not a wild leap to think he was drunk. Either way, I feel sorry for the passenger he killed and that guy's family. The only thing that guy did wrong was get into the wrong car. He's the only definite victim here, since Dunn killed him.

    June 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James Dean

    Prince Ranier/Monaco or whomever did they get this harsh of a treatment?

    June 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Remford

    Sad, but not unexpected. Calling a fact a fact is hardly "harsh".

    June 21, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
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