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After what he thought was just a bit of harmless fun, Bam Margera, pro-skateboarder and star of MTV’s hit show, ‘Jackass’ is in hot water with his fans.
The outrageous prankster Tweeted a photo of himself holding a fake gun to his puppy’s (an adorable pit bull pup named Penny) head along with a handwritten sign that reads, “If she poops one more time she goes bye bye.” The star also Tweeted a photo of his cat with the caption, “Went looking for trouble … We found him. Now he goes bye bye”.
Of the incident, Margera told The Philadelphia Inquirer that “just hurting another animal is rude, crude, and more.” Still, the ‘Jackass’ insists his photo was a joke, saying “I feel like every follower I have on Twitter” – more than 800,000 – “knows my Jackass joking kind of humor.”
Margera explained to E! News, “I am an animal lover and on Jackass, therefore I like jokes and shock value. It was bad timing on me. And I should have said the gun was fake.”
Despite the backlash, Margera’s distasteful photos remain posted to the star’s Twitter page. In fact, they’ve kicked off a whole slew of jokes about various other people and things “going bye bye. And, yesterday, Margera Tweeted that “some people need a chill pill” regarding the incident.
Tell us your thoughts – Is this the harmless act of a man made famous for just this type of shocking behavior, or an inappropriate act that could teach young kids that animal abuse is ok?