Margera is back in the news once again, this time for posting Twitter pictures of himself taking aim with a play pistol at the heads of two of his pets, to say the least animal lovers are not happy. Bam says it’s all a joke, but has 820,000 Twitter followers, and many of them are young, impressionable teens.”Depictions of anything negative with animals, any violence with animals is really not funny,” said Chester County SPCA spokesman Rich Britton who also hosts a radio show called Passionate About Pets.
Bam sat down with Myfoxphilly.com at his West Chester home to talk about the incident:
“I’m on ‘Jackass, ‘so I like humor like that, and I I like shock value purposes,” Margera said. He showed us Trouble the cat, lounging around on a couch, living the life, then he apologized while showering Penny with kisses.”Sorry if I offended anybody. But I’m an animal lover and I’d never hurt this dog in a million years, and the gun is a fake gun.”
Despite Margera’s apologies, his gun-toting image is tough to take because of recent cases of dog abuse in Chester County. A Yorkie-mix was one of two dogs set on fire and found dead over the summer. “I wasn’t aware of that going on,” Bam said sitting with his girlfriend Nikki Boyd. “But, yeah, I didn’t want to offend anybody. I just wanted to make people laugh.” But the SPCA’s Britton said, “We know Bam in this area as a great celebrity with a huge following. People love him, and we understand he’s a big animal lover. So we really urge him to take these negative images to turn them into something positive to really help animals.”
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