During a recent appearance on boxer Mike Tyson’s podcast, Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, Steve O talked about the early days of Jackass (and how it was not a good influence for kids).
The conversation as a whole between the Jackass star and Mike Tyson is great; Steve O talks about his career, the creation of the group’s latest movie (Jackass Forever), as well as his relationship with the other Jackass stars. At one point, Tyson asks Steve O about parents from the ’90s and what they might have thought of Jackass.
The Jackass star shares the following:
“I think in the beginning of Jackass we were genuinely worth vilifying, because back then they didn’t have YouTube or video on the internet and we were legitimately a bad influence.”
“When Jackass came out, little kids were showing up in hospitals all over the country and maybe the world because they saw us doing this crazy shit and they wanted to do it themselves. So little kids everywhere got video cameras and started fucking themselves up and showing up in hospitals and getting really hurt.”
He then concludes with saying, given the existence of something like YouTube, he feels like that past perspective of Jackass has changed.
“At that time you could point to us as being a very bad influence, but I think over the years, now that there’s so much YouTube, ridiculousness, so much, it’s not our fucking fault anymore.”
Be honest with us – have you ever tried to reenact a Jackass stunt? You can watch a video with Steve O talking about the early days of Jackass below.
In other Jackass related news, during his conversation with Mike Tyson, Steve O also spoke about why Bam Margera was not part of the latest Jackass movie. To learn more as to why Bam was not in the film, follow the link below.