Jackass became a household name after making its debut back in 2000 on MTV and took the entire world by storm and spawned an entire generation of imitators, both professional and amateur. The numerous death-defying and outright dangerous stunts in the name of entertainment have kept fans coming back for more over the years.
The fourth film in the franchise, Jackass Forever released this week to rave reviews. According to TMZ, PETA is not a fan of the film and is demanding prosecutors launch a criminal investigation.
It was claimed that the film likely broke state animal protection laws with scenes involving all kinds of animals. PETA stated a spider was “provoked” into biting an actor’s chest, a turtle “harassed and goaded” to bite an actor’s testicles, and a snake “harangued and provoked” into biting someone’s nose.
PETA further claimed that Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O provoked honeybees into stinging Steve-O’s penis, killing many bees in the process. They sent letters to the L.A. City Attorney and San Luis Obispo County D.A, requesting them to investigate the production and take legal action.
They believe an investigation could lead to charges against Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Eric André, director Jeff Tremaine, producer Spike Jonze. PETA’s Senior VP Lisa Lange released a statement as well.
“If Steve-O and Johnny Knoxville want to make a career out of nasty little boy fantasies, they’re entitled to, as long as they don’t stress, harm, poke, prod, scare, or bother animals who are used as living props for their idiocy.
PETA is reminding city and county prosecutors that no one is above the law and that while the rest of the world wants to save bees and recognizes animals as sentient individuals, these jackasses exploit and abuse them for fun.”
We will have to wait and see whether any legal action will be taken against Knoxville, Steve-O and the rest of the crew as well.