?Jackass Attack?: White Boys are Back


| January 24, 2003

In this Pacific News Service commentary, Russell Morse sarcastically applauds three films?Jackass, 8 Mile, and Bowling for Columbine?for redeeming the American white boy, whose image has been soiled by boy bands and school shootings. ?It?s as if they?re saying, ?Hey! Don?t read Hitler?s biography and shoot football players. Light bottle rockets out of your a-- instead.?? Though Morse creates a compelling thesis, some of his supporting arguments miss the mark. He criticizes Columbine for reminding us that white boys are a ?worthless group? and contends that director Michael Moore ?doesn?t know who to blame? for America?s culture of violence. In a comment posted in response to the article, an alert reader reminds Morse that Moore?s documentary clearly holds the news and entertainment media responsible for fanning the public?s irrational fears.

?Erin Ferdinand

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