once a “jackass”….

….Always a jackass?

I realize that Chester County native son Bam Margera is like the second coming to a lot of residents, but no disrespect to them, I find that he has gone from local boy done good to problem child many wish would just go away.

Also, he’s not a child (although he undoubtedly influences many.). And I know a lot of people may have a lot to say that I am taking him to task on his latest not so funny bit of jackassery.

So what the heck did he THINK would happen when he posted a photo on twitter looking like he was pointing a gun at the head of an innocent PUPPY?

Hey Bam? Here’s the 411: I have never been a fan of your antics.  But it’s a big world out there and normally I can’t see what you do from my window.  But sooner or later, dude, you and your motley band of pranksters need to grow up and become contributing members of society.  Why can’t you use your celebrity for good?  Why is it every time you hit the news, or someone in your circle hits the news it is less than positive?

Is that how you see the world?  

I find this latest stunt, apology or no apology profoundly disturbing.  Personally I am thinking you should be making big whopping donations to Chester County SPCA and Main Line Animal Rescue if you are REALLY sorry.

Shaking my head in disgust at this one, and how embarrassing is it for Chester County that Bam has made the news from coast to coast on this? No, Bam, I would disagree.  All press is NOT good press and joking about animal cruelty is not funny. You are in the public eye, and like it or not have an obligation to NOT behave like a jackass once in a while.

Jackass’ star Margera condemns animal abuse, says meant no harm by prank involving puppy, gun Washington Post.com

By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 10:13 AMAP

PHILADELPHIA — “Jackass” star Bam Margera says he condemns animal abuse and didn’t mean any harm by a photo posted online showing him holding his pit bull puppy with a toy gun pointed to its head.The 33-year-old Margera had posted the photo on Twitter, saying that if the dog made a mess in his bed again “Penny goes Bye Byes.” The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/SL6f9O ) that Margera says he loves animals and wished he had made it more clear the gun was fake.

Jackass’ Margera apologizes for gun-on-puppy post

By Mari A. Schaefer  Inquirer Staff Writer

They don’t call it Jackass for nothing.

But even Bam Margera, MTV’s clown prince of puerile stunts, was conceding Monday that he might have gone too far.

Not by kayaking over a 100-foot cliff, or driving into a wall, or letting himself be Tasered.

No, Margera held a gun to his pit bull puppy’s head, or so it appeared in a photo he posted on Twitter. The accompanying tweet read: “Penny pooped in my bed. Not too fond of that. If it happens again, Penny goes Bye Byes.”

The ensuing outrage left the 33-year-old Brandon Margera pleading his love for animals, and wishing he had made it clear the gun was a fake.

In Chester County, which has seen a number of cases of horrific animal abuse recently, SPCA spokesman Rich Britton called the picture “not funny” and said that, even for a shock comedian, Margera “missed the mark on this one.”

In an interview Monday at his Chester County compound – home also to his six cats – Margera said that had he known about the incidents of torture, he never would have posted the photo.

“I think those people need to go down,” he said of the abusers. “Just hurting another animal is rude, crude, and more.”

Margera said that he doesn’t even own a gun, and that the only time he ever fired one was at a clay pigeon at a sporting event….

Margera has, in fact, already found the upside to the unpleasantness: He picked up 30,000 more followers on Twitter after the story first ran on Fox29.

“All press is good press,” he said.

And given this tweet I just stumbled upon and am posting, was this just the latest attention grabbing publicity stunt?  What happens when someone emulates this?