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. steve

    I was a huge fan of the show and i must say it kinda makes me sad to see this i am truly hurt by the loss of Mr. Dunn and i am really praying for his family and friends and just hope they are able to get through this Bam your in my prayers too ok

    June 22, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Linda

    Ryan Dunn made a mistake and it probably was not the first time he had been drinking and driving. How many of us are willing to admid that we have made mistakes that could have put ourselves, or families or others in harms way. In my opinion it is a sad story for everyone involved. Just for the record I lost my sister to a drunk driver and that accident has lived with me everyday. Instead of throwing blame maybe just maybe next time one of your friends is drinking and wants to drive you step in to try and stop it. Remember most people think bad things will not happen to them and alcohol just intensifies that thought. When you drink you become someone else.

    June 22, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • FU

      Actually he was a regular at that bar according to the owner Jim O' Brien...so dream on if you think this was a first.

      June 22, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Vader

      Only a drunk would defend a drunk driver.

      June 22, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Greggq

      u can bet that bar owner sweating like crazy ... served a drunk who killed another guy? the family of the passenger gonna own that bar once the lawyers get involved. if you serve someone and they are in a wreck that kills people, look out ... the PD and attorneys are going to come after you - as they should.

      June 22, 2011 at 5:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. moosetta

    Are all the facts in????? Drunk or not, If he was, he paid the ultimate price, and so did the friend he was with. Since he is not here to defend himself, I don't think as human's we should be criticizing what Dunn did before all the facts are in.
    After the authorities examine his body, and the automobile, none of us know what happened.
    Was an animal in the road?? Did he break hard to avoid hitting it?? Thus skid marks?? None of us really know!! And we may never know!!
    So, with that, my heart goes out to the family and all the friends of the deceased, my they remember all the good times that they have had with their loved ones.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • FU

      How much evidence are you willing to ignore before you call it?? Twitpic of him getting hammered not enough? The bar owner calling him a regular or the fact that all his friends on his tv show are junkies and drunks? How about the fact that his car is now the size of my car's radio...on fire? You think that happens at 65mph? Even 80mph? Grow up, this idiot killed a guy and is lucky it wasn't worse!

      June 22, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
    • whaddayaexpect?

      LOL..... I can't believe anyone gives a flying fu$* about Ryan Dunn besides his family and friends. None of you E-Tards knew the JackA$$ personally so stop crying you losers. Cry for the innocent people being systematically murdered EVERY DAY in the countries WE bomb for money. You MORONS can keep yourselves entertained with these wannabe celeb's if ya want, but you'll all wake up 20 years from now talking about some kid who is NOW 3 years old, talking 'bout 'oh my god, he's just like, beiber'! LMFAO

      ! I guess Ryan's DUN!!!!!!

      June 22, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Did Ryan Dunn injure, hurt or kill anyone but himself? Since I have seen nothing mentioning anything of the sort, I am assuming he did not. Whether the people scorning Mr. Dunn want to admit it or not, there is a difference between Mr. Dunn hurting someone other than himself. Here nobody was harmed but Mr. Dunn, how can you not feel sorry for him and his family?

    June 22, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • McPurp

      Did you take the time to read any of the article?

      June 22, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • han

      Dave he killed his friend in the Passenger side you moron, read the facts before you speak

      June 22, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Backwards World

      Earth calling Dave C'min Dave?

      June 22, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. damn yank

    ryan dunn died a murderer.....
    thank god he slammed into a tree and not a family of 4

    June 22, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Backwards World

    I cannot allow myself any sypathy for this young man, having served 8 yrs in the military seeing IEDs damage & working around a body shop most my young life, I can tell you that in order to destroy a vehicle with that type carnage is rare , even if alcohol was not the main culprit behind the wreck....the stupidity it took 2 drive at that rate of speed was even worse...man I feel for the guy sitting next to him he was riding in a rocket with 0% chance of survival!!!!

    June 22, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Phil

    Regardless of whether or not he was drinking, he was driving over 100 mph, that much is known. Many people have said he contributed so much during his life and he loved his family so much. Apparently this did not matter to him. If you are going over 100mph you are flirting with death. End of story.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. SteveG

    So the top story on CNN is about comments from anonymous persons about the news? Really? I could go to any message board for that.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Klaark

    Dead drunks are dead. He could have easily killed someone else, and wouldn't the tune be different then? That disgusting brat Bam Margera would be crying to himself instead of to his Twit/er followers. He'll be eating his words when the tox screen comes back DRUNK.


    June 22, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Backwards World

    This article & blog is neccessary.....due 2 the fact so many young kids like him & like his stunts.....it is a rude awakening to paying the ultimate price..... due to your own actions

    June 22, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. JM

    How ironic. Rock on MTV. Rock On.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ohgeehithere

    It is possible to be right and being an ***hole. Was it stupid and reckless what Ryan D did? Of course. But his family and friends who loved him and had nothing to do with his decision are grieving right now. It is just mean spirited to bad mouth him when their wounds are still so fresh.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. Truth in your Face

    any death is sad, but the life style he picked was reckless and inevitable. drinking and driving? not surprising for someone who didn't care. btw, he murdered his passenger.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. JM

    Hey Ohgeehitthere, ever comment about those ***holes who profit from, promote, an encourage destructive behavior?

    June 22, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. The Selfish Gene ...Simmons

    Some of you are like saying, we don't know all the facts but its like, hey, he drove a very fast car and lost control of it. He WAS drinking, even a few and you have that fake confidence you can drive. C'mon.

    Also, a Porsche GT3 is a very light, ultra fast car, its not your standard 911. You have to know how to drive it and drive it well, its not a cruiser, even in heavy traffic to winding roads, if you don't know how to handle that car, you're in trouble.

    June 22, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
    • The Selfish Gene ...Simmons

      I mean there are lessons here in so many forms.

      June 22, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
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