More stories from the land of tiny-brained people. This time brought to us by the kind folks at DallasNews.com:
A 17-year-old Midland youth was in critical condition with severe burns Thursday after he and his buddies tried to duplicate a stunt called the “human barbecue” aired on the former MTV extreme-reality show Jackass, authorities said.
With a video camera running, friends at a weekend party doused Jonathan Scott Perry with lighter fluid. One lighted a match and set him afire.
“This was absolutely horrible,” said Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter. “There was no reason for them to do this kind of stupid stunt. I’ve seen people burned and pull stupid pranks. I’ve never seen it to this point. This young man nearly died.”
In the MTV show’s “human barbecue” prank, the show’s star dresses in a flame-retardant suit and sets himself on fire to cook steaks. It has spawned at least four copycat incidents since January 2001.
Yeah, I knew I’d heard of some kids doing this previously. Shame that the first response in every case has been to blame the show instead of the idiot kids that are trying to mimic it. Maybe it’s just me, but I was brought up that I should never, ever, ever, ever, ever set myself on fire. Not even if the funny people on TV do it. I suppose most parents are too busy to teach their kids this simple lesson anymore.