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Charlie Sheen Roast Dredges Up Ryan Dunn Twitter Controversy

Twitter is mighty defensive of Ryan Dunn

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Charlie Sheen Roast Dredges Up Ryan Dunn Twitter Controversy
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From a night filled with off-color jokes about drug use, domestic violence, prostitution, mental retardation, and child custody, one particular joke is commanding the most internet chatter.

On last night’s Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, roaster Amy Schumer used the death of Jackass star Ryan Dunn to make a swipe at fellow roaster and Jackass alum Steve-O.

The only video clip of the joke in question has been taken down from YouTube, due to a copyright complaint from Viacom. So a text recreation will have to do.

Schumer, a previous cast member of Last Comic Standing and Roast rookie, had this to say when she got to the podium for her turn to poke fun at Sheen and the others -

Steve-O, I truly am–no joke–sorry for the loss of your friend Ryan Dunn. I know you must have been thinking, ‘It could have been me,’ and I know were all thinking, ‘Why wasn’t it?”

The crowd gave a few uncomfortable laughs followed by a chorus of “aaahs” and “oooohs.” The camera cut to Steve-O who appeared to have a blank expression, not at all amused by the joke.

Here’s a clip of Schumer just moments after the Ryan Dunn comments, for a little context –

This joke thrust Ryan Dunn into the top trending Twitter topics again, for the first time since June, when the TV star was killed when he slammed his Porsche into a tree after a night of bar hopping. A huge controversy erupted regarding a tweet by film critic Roger Ebert. Ebert tweeted that “Friends don’t let Jackasses drink and drive.” Dunn’s actions resulted in the death of his passenger.

Although many lashed out at Ebert for the tweet, some came to his defense. As you can imagine, Dunn’s fellow Jackass pals were not too happy with the Ebert tweet, especially Dunn’s longtime friend Bam Margera.

Folks on the Twitterverse have opinions coming from all sides of this one –

People are ticked with @amyschumer for making a joke about Ryan Dunn… funny… were they ticked when he killed an innocent passenger? 1 hour ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

I’m surprised @SteveO didn’t punch that girl in the face for bringing up Ryan Dunn. #WentToFar. 9 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

The look on Steve-O’s face during the Sheen Roast when Ryan Dunn came up was kinda heartbreaking. Cheap joke too. 9 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

Ryan Dunn joke pissed off all the people who forgot what a roast is & that Ryan also killed a guy. 8 hours ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry · powered by @socialditto

Some fellow comedians have come to Schumer’s defense, including usual roast participant Lisa Lampanelli and Jim Norton (Schumer retweeted Norton’s tweet)

@sKILLzz @amyschumer I don’t think the Ryan Dunn joke was that bad! I think it didn’t get the response it deserved cause Steve-O looked sad. 10 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

@amyschumer did EXACTLY what she should have done on that roast. Fuck people and their selective outrage. 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

It’s obvious that the Ryan Dunn death is still a controversial topic for those on Twitter. What do you think? Is anything fair game during a roast? Is anything fair game period? Or did the joke cross a line?

Charlie Sheen Roast Dredges Up Ryan Dunn Twitter Controversy
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  • WesC

    I beleive the joke wasn’t directed toward Ryan Dunn, and yes, it could have been a little more funnier if SteveO would have laughed. But still, SteveO misses him just as much as any other family member, friend, or fan (including me). It feels very surreal to have lost such a great guy. Yes, there was another victim involved, but I dont think Dunn had a knife to the passengers neck demanding the him to get in the car. The man had a choice to ride or stay at the bar, and unfortunately he got in. On the other hand, the joke was sour by wishing death upon someone who still isn’t over the death of another, but it is a ROAST. SteveO coulda have taken the joke with a grain of salt and maybe grinned…? But you can’t take back the past and mistakes like this happen. Learn from it dont start web wars on twitter and facebook. Move on..

    • http://www.quote-4.me.uk Matt

      He may not have held a knife to his throat, but then his passenger wasn’t counting on a fatal crash either.
      He killed his friend unnecessarily, so he wasn’t a great guy and so what if he’s the butt of a few jokes because of it?

  • Brian

    All this hoopla about what Amy Schumer said misses the larger point, that C.C. decided to leave it in the final edit while cutting out SO MUCH of the rape material unleashed on Mike Tyson. If the comics are to be judged by their words, then judge them for ALL of their words, not just the ones that C.C. decided were ok to air. Most of the comics could have been edited to appear at least as callous as Amy, especially William Shatner when he told Mike how to get away with rape. I think that if a woman has to listen to jokes about taking women by force and violence, in the presence of a laughing, toasting rapist, then tells a joke about wishing a guy is dead, and She gets put on air, but most of the worst rape jokes are conveniently edited out… well, it’s just not fair.

  • markyfiga

    What we’re really missing here is the fact that Amy Schumer just generated a TON of publicity for herself.

    Bravo on that.

    And boo-hoo — it was a joke at a ROAST.

    And @Brian — your anger/mindset towards rape jokes being edited out is the same mindset I approach when dealing with the people that are butthurt about the joke — we can laugh at CERTAIN things but not others? We have to be pretend that it’s a horrible, tragic sad event personal to US that a guy drove drunk and killed himself and another human being?

  • http://twitter.com/knbk Marco

    Ahhh, fuck these idiots. I would have made an even worse Ryan Dunn joke. Mike Tyson was plastered on stage, or as I call it, being half way Ryan Dunn.

  • Bethany

    This is how I look at it, would the people who made the comment about it not being bad be upset if she would have said something about their best friend who would have been in the same situation as Dunn?

  • Meryk

    I think it’s more fucked that it basically says “Steve-o, why couldn’t it have been you that crashed and died”

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