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Ryan Dunn, drinking and driving, and Internet outrage

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On Monday, we told you about the death of “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, killed in a car accident at the age of 34. Dunn’s death later mushroomed into a full-on Internet controversy when Roger Ebert tweeted “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive” upon hearing the news. Well, apparently friends don’t let Roger Ebert tweet things about their buddies either, as members of the “Jackass” crew and hundreds of fans all responded with anger and outrage at Ebert’s tweet. Ebert then responded with an explanatory blog post, which offered sympathy to the victims and clarified the intentions of his tweet. Cue additional arguing and finger pointing and outrage.

Ebert’s tweet was made out of assumption, but in the days that followed, his assumption was proven correct. Today police said that Dunn’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was .196, more than twice the legal limit in Pennsylvania. Experts now estimate he drove his car off the road at more than 130 miles per hour. Dunn’s death and the death of his passenger in the car, Zachary Hartwell, are tragedies, and they could have been avoided if Dunn hadn’t drank and drove, which makes them bigger tragedies.

I don’t feel like getting into a semantic argument over whether Dunn was a “Jackass” or a “jackass.” Or whether someone it’s okay to make a joke out of drunk driving. Here is what I want people to take away from this story: the realization that sometimes the Internet moves faster than the news does. Yes, the Internet is an incredible informational tool. But outrage and rumors tends to quicker faster than information, and the demand for instantaneous gratification can be destructive and hurtful. Basically everyone in this chain of events got ahead of themselves, ahead of the truth that was only two days away. Ryan Dunn should have slowed down, and so should we. Friends shouldn’t let friends forget that.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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