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I see that the latest Jackass movie was number one at the box office. I just don’t understand it. What is so funny about people getting hurt? More importantly, people getting hurt intentionally? Maybe, I’m just getting old. But, I don’t see anything positive or redeeming in these movies.

I spend many days with people who are seriously injured. Never have I heard one of them express being happy with what happened to them. I’ve had defense doctors tell them they aren’t really hurt and defense attorneys belittle them. Clients who do their best to hold on to their dignity and do go back to work as best they can, who cry when they no longer have money to provide for their children because they can’t work, and who suffer every single day with their injuries, often doing this suffering in silence.

Juries aren’t easy in dealing with these clients. If the jury is doubtful of a claim the plaintiff will receive nothing. Often jurors don’t like hearing about a person’s suffering. How many of them are paying to go laugh at this kind of thing? Would plaintiffs be better off selling their story like a circus show?

Maybe one of the readers can explain it to me. I would hope it would be in a way that doesn’t cross over into the world of the crap that the insurance companies push about frivolous claims and lottery juries. The law provided that for claims where the evidence shows that a person has been injured, there must be a remedy. Still there are zero pain and suffering verdicts. Apparently, a surgery or the medical care didn’t have any pain with it. It’s possible that these funny movies have anesthetized the audiences.

Is Jackass brought to you by a good neighbor or from good hands????

There is also the copy cat injuries:

On January 29, 2001, U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman publicly condemned MTV and Jackass in connection with a dangerous stunt that led to a copycat incident in which a 13-year-old Connecticut teenager was left in critical condition with severe burns.[5] Lieberman followed up with a February 7, 2001 letter to MTV’s parent company Viacom urging the company to take greater responsibility for its programming and do more to help parents protect their children.[6] MTV responded to the criticism by canceling all airings of Jackass before 10:00 PM, but Lieberman’s continual campaign against the show led to MTV refusing to air repeats of the later episodes, a move which angered the cast and production crew of the series who were furious with MTV’s "caving into Lieberman’s demands."

And the cast injuries:

various injuries that have occurred:

Keep in mind…. These guys are doing this of their own choice….AND getting paid MILLIONS to do it. Personal injury victims don’t get a choice, and rarely get fair compensation.


  1. Gravatar for Anonymous

    I think you bring up some valid points. I can see only one reason why the actors in jackass think its funny to get hurt, MONEY and a lot of it. These actors are more concerned about the paycheck and less concerned about the ramifications of producing such a movie. These copycat incidents are happening everyday and young kids are getting hurt.

    I think if anyone has seen a jackass movie they would know that indeed these movies are not from a good neighborhood.

  2. Gravatar for mark

    It's just hilarious. The whole movie doesn't just consist of the cast getting hurt on purpose. They have stunts and pranks. It's also not their fault if moron kids follow what they do. It cleary states not to copy any of the stunts.

  3. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment Mark. I talked to a number of people that agree with you. As I've written, I don't agree on the innocence of the movie, nor am I a fan of laughing at injuries or pain.

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