|Jackass Star Steve-O Turns Himself In On Obscenity Charges|
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|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Thursday, 15 August 2002|
There are few who are aware of Steve-O who wouldn't call him a moron. One of the breakout stars from the MTV show Jackass, Steve-O, is known for performing some of the absolutely foulest actions ever attempted by a human including burning his own hair, vomiting all of the ingredients for an omelet and then cooking it and so much more. But what has Steve-O facing as many as 8 years in prison is his signature stunt, where he staples his scrotum completely to the side of his legs.
During a recent live performance in Louisiana, Steve-O performed the feat he is most infamous for. The audience loved it but the local authorities seemingly didn't thus charging him with obscenity volitions and issuing a warrant for Steve-O's arrest. This week in Los Angeles, Steve-O voluntarily turned himself in on the warrant and will be required to appear in Terrebonne Parrish, Louisiana after posting $35,000 bond.
Fans as well as people who simply marvel at how outrageously stupid Steve-O is, are outraged at the needless prosecution of such a distasteful performer. One fan said "Is Louisiana still in The United States? Because we have this document called The Constitution that allows us the freedom of expression whether it is tasteful or not." Freedom of expression as it relates to the First Amendment will likely be Mr. O's defense.
One thing is for sure, if the people of Louisiana wanted to hurt Steve-O's career and or make a political statement, this action won't get the job done. Steve-O currently sells a DVD that features his staple trick and many other disturbing scenes for which the tens of millions of dollars of free publicity simply couldn't hurt. Also Jackass is not slated for production of any more shows despite the fact it still being re-edited and re-broadcast (much to the delight of millions of idiots who have their TiVo season pass preprogrammed) on MTV. MTV is a pioneer in reality television with The Real World series, The Osbounes and Jackass. Don't be surprised to see the cable network bring back Steve-O, Johnny Knoxville, Wee Man (the midget on the show) and the rest of the cast for more daredevil antics thanks to the constitutionally ignorant legal wrangling of some Louisiana rednecks. It makes you wonder if these hillbillies remember how famous Florida made 2 Live Crew?
Sources: MTV News, VH1.com