r/MadeMeSmile 11d ago Got the W 1

I really hope this is a sign of good things to come!! Good luck, Bam!! Good Vibes

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u/NoStutterd 11d ago

Steveo has been sober for a hot minute and Brandon Novak as well. While Bam has been inconsistent he does have the best two people to help support him in recovery. I hope the best for him.

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u/djtrace1994 11d ago

Steve-O is such a spectacular role model for sobriety and positive lifestyling.

I'm really hoping he and Bam had some kind of connection, and that Steve-O can help Bam finally get there, if that is the case here.

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u/That_Guy848 11d ago

Steve-O is such a spectacular role model for sobriety and positive lifestyling.

I was in high school when Jackass premiered. It is unreal to be reading these words.

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u/DiggerNick6942069 11d ago

I was just thinking about how his hair was grey and then realized the same. It was like 15 years ago that we were all watching that stuff

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u/lilbthaprince 11d ago

Going on 21 years :(

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u/EyeGiveZeroFucks 11d ago

Stop aging us! It hurts enough to get out of bed😂

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u/waterGammaFoxtrot 11d ago

Get out of bed? You can just poo off the side and let the roomba sort it out.

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u/Lespuccino 11d ago

Well, Depends...

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u/Sad_Yogurtcloset_910 11d ago

Highly recommend watching the Hot Ones episode with Steve-o, it was mind boggling watching him speak so honestly about it all and how he’s “not that guy anymore” then at the end he spoils in and puts hot sauce in his eye LOL

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u/RedditIsPropaganda84 11d ago

He still does dumb stunts, he just does them sober.

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u/lighthawk16 11d ago

Training wheels off.

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u/trickyricky92 10d ago

Alot more impressive when you know he can feel the pain now

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u/Arkansas_BusDriver 11d ago

He has a podcast now, and he talks about it a lot with his guests.

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u/hey_rowsdower 11d ago

The guy who can puke on command is now puking out words of support.

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u/governingmonk 11d ago

Any one see Phil in bam?? Haha

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u/mrsdoubleu 11d ago

Right? I'm honestly surprised he made it out alive.

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u/NoFliesOnFergee 11d ago

Same here, I remember he came out with the solo video where he took an IV of five shots of vodka.

I'm so, so happy that I and just about everyone else in the world was wrong about him

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u/No_Significance_1550 11d ago

In the pre jackass stuff he used to staple his scrotum to his thighs with roofing staples. I had it on vhs.

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u/New-Purchase1818 11d ago

Same. 😳 I would never have thought this group of dudes would end up so wholesome

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u/That_Guy848 11d ago edited 10d ago

It's bittersweet; when a friend dies in a horrible DUI wreck, it changes you on an unexpectedly deep level.

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u/flaminghair348 10d ago edited 10d ago

Steve-O actually went sober 2ish years after Dunn's death

Edit: meant to say before lol

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u/That_Guy848 10d ago

Not surprising. As someone who has also had to clean the hell up for both my family and myself, that shit takes time, but everything leading to it adds up. If I ever have the privilege of meeting this guy, I would be honored to shake his hand and say, "Dude... you're on the right path and I sincerely hope that you are profoundly proud of yourself. I will now do a handstand so that you can kick me in the balls. FOR HONOR."

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u/WCGWjoiningReddit 11d ago

We used to watch Haggard weekly. Seriously had it memorized.

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u/satansheat 11d ago

They used to hate each other back in the hay day of jackass. But that was more over jealousy and money. Steve O didn’t like that no matter how big he went the young kid skating for element would make 10 times that amount in a hour.

On his podcast Steve has talked about how at one point he would be getting like 500 bucks for something while bam was making millions.

Steve O has always been able to look at his flaws though and he knew it was jealousy fueling his hate. Which is why they are way closer now then they where.

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u/ShroomingIn0 11d ago

Hell ya bro he really inspires and motivates me personally!!

staples nutsack to a piece of carboard, lights it on fire and knocks self out trying to do a backflip while completely sober

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u/hey_rowsdower 11d ago

High pitched wheezy Johnny Knoxville laughter

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u/RadiantZote 11d ago

Steve O is still pretty close to Bam, apparently wants to take Bam on tour as an opening act. Bam just got over having COVID and I hope he can keep his shit together

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u/mcmanybucks 11d ago

Better to look like Phil than Vito.

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u/HuskerDave 11d ago Silver I'm Deceased

Bam looks like he is about to run out of Home Depot with $500 worth of Ryobi power tools.

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u/Midwestkiwi 11d ago

Yeah not even stealing dewalt or Milwaukee kinda look

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u/toobscreemer0891 11d ago

We all walk into Home Depot and pull the Ron Swanson “I know more than you” bit as soon as any employee approaches.

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u/EVILTHE_TURTLE 11d ago

I really think it’s just his genetics. April said that he used to purge to stay thin in his skateboarding days.

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u/golfgod93 11d ago

He also discussed how the anti-depressants he was on were making him fatter, which made him more depressed because he couldn't skate.

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u/Syso_ 11d ago

Kid looks like his dad, more at 9

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u/SgtBananaGrabber 11d ago

Vice did a documentary recently on Bam helped explain a lot of things.

https://youtu.be/CuluhA3S--U

Good Luck to you Bam.

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u/o_oli 11d ago

It says that aired first in 2017, been a lot of drugs and dramas since then.

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u/l3atman 11d ago

The resemblance is because Bam is now “normal” weight - prior to that his diet was 97% alcohol making him super thin but at least he wasn’t like Novak….then even Novak got sober.

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u/deadguyinthere 11d ago edited 11d ago Silver Helpful

I’ve listened to all the interviews he’s done on podcasts recently. He’s still blaming other people and circumstances for his addiction and mistakes. I hope he gets well too but it doesn’t seem like he’s there yet.

EDIT: We love you Bam. Keep fighting.

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u/pawn_guy 11d ago

The r/mademesmile part is how much effort Steve-O is putting into helping his friend work through the addiction that he struggled with himself.

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u/misguidedsadist1 11d ago

I think he just realizes that being there is more important than proselytizing. In your darkest moments you’re less ashamed to reach out to the folks who have just been there without judgment.

Sounds like he has boundaries as necessary but he is clearly trying to be there and present in whatever way he can.

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u/Gh0stMan0nThird 11d ago Faith In Humanity Restored

Yeah as someone who has been through some really dark times, the times people don't deserve love is when they need it the most.

Obviously some people are lost causes, and staying around them can hurt you too, and that's when you need to leave, but sometimes you just have to be nice to people when they least deserve it.

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u/endlessly_apollo 11d ago

the times people don’t deserve love is when they need it the most

Aww. Well said

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u/misguidedsadist1 11d ago

Yeah boundaries are important but sometimes that doesn’t mean completely cutting someone off.

I’ve had some really dark moments too and the only way out was the people who I knew were still there for me and expressed their love regularly. Again that’s not the same as expecting them to take a ride with you to hell. They didn’t. But they kept telling me they loved me.

When I was at the lowest and needed a way out, that was my lifeline.

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u/nightfoam 11d ago

I agree with this wholeheartedly. Seeing Steve-O repeatedly reaching out and helping people struggling with addiction warms my heart. He not only turned his life around but he's paying it forward, helping those around him. I hope he's able to get through to Bam and finally get him on the right path.

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u/NimbleNavigator19 11d ago

Struggles* with. That shit doesn't go away no matter how long you stay clean. It's always a cloying thought in the back of your mind.

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u/osirisrebel 11d ago

Not always, I've been clean for over 5 years and have absolutely zero interest in it anymore. No cravings, no intrusive thoughts about it, I'm just done with it.

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u/KerryMysac05 11d ago

Same. I’ve been sober since 2010, and haven’t had thoughts of getting high since the withdrawals ended. On the flip side, I had a brother die from an overdose. No matter what he/we did, no matter the options presented to him, he just couldn’t stay sober. He saw me sober for 8 years, he also saw a few friends die before him, and it still didn’t click for him. For me, high highs from dope, just didn’t justify the low lows the withdrawals brought. I’d rather stay even keeled

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u/osirisrebel 11d ago

It really is sad once you have that outside perspective. I'm stoked that you made your escape from it, but it's pretty similar here, I've lost many people, my father just got with some chick that got him on that shit even after him watching me struggle with it for years.

Lost my little brother, and all he did was loan someone enough money to get them a bag, and asked to be repaid. Murdered and tossed in a field over $25.

As I stated in a separate comment, after the withdrawal, the hardest part for me was just how angry I was with myself that I waited so long to quit. Thinking about all I fucked up, the money I spent, where I could've been in life if I would've just left it alone, I just felt to fucking stupid.

But, I'm starting to get it together, I've done a lot of damage control, I'm getting my ducks in a row, I'm not there yet, but I can definitely see light on the other side. I'm almost afraid to say it, but I dare say that I feel like there's hope.

But I am super proud of you, and I mean that in the most sincere way possible.

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u/TooMama 11d ago

Jesus man, I’m so so sorry. To experience such loss and go through all that you have and still be here commenting and offering kindness to strangers….that’s something special. Strength, resiliency, perseverance, whatever you want to call it, and big-hearted on top of it. That’s pretty incredible. I believe you’ve got this. ❤️

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u/btmvideos37 11d ago

Sure but what would happen if you ever touched it again. Most addicts can never go back to casual consumption. Specifically with alcohol

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u/osirisrebel 11d ago

My father actually recently started using, I was in close proximity to it, looked at it, was offered it, and still had no interest.

Sometimes people evolve, was it easy in the beginning? Absolutely not. But after the cravings were over, I was mainly just so fucking mad at myself for how long I waited to stop. That anger really consumed me for a bit.

But I was referring to meth. I also struggled with alcohol, but I'm now ironically really into home distilling, because I really enjoy the science behind it and it's a really satisfying hobby, but I've got a whole cabinet full of spirits, and I might take a sip on special occasions, other than that, it just doesn't excite me.

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u/deadguyinthere 11d ago

I get that but seeing someone deteriorate despite everyone’s best efforts doesn’t make me smile.

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u/Bryce-the-kid 11d ago

Never stop helping others and you'll find many reasons to smile

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u/RandomHobbyName 11d ago Gold

You will smile, but it's the ones you try to help, but can't help, that'll wipe smiles off you face.

I miss theirs. I miss mine.

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u/dharkanine 11d ago

Never stop never stopping and you'll always be smiling.

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u/crawshay 11d ago

I'd like to think if there's anyone that could get through to him its Steve-O. Hope he changes his attitude and figures it out.

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u/heavyusername2 11d ago

yea recovery is literally taking responsibility, I always felt his attitude isn't gonna do him any favors, like steve-o is humbe you can tell he gets it he values his sobriety and he knows its his ass on the line, nobody owes him a easy time, I dont like that about bam

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u/giskardwasright 11d ago

I remember watching either jackals 2.5 or 3.5, but he fell onto burning coals and made a joke about not being able to take any pain killers. That's some hard core dedication to sobriety. Also, the video of Chuck Liddell choking him out is hilarious.

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u/TheMightyDane 11d ago

Steve-O: “a normal person would probably ask for a painkiller”

Knoxville: “Welp, you got your card revoked!”

(Steve-o laughs while in tremendous pain)

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u/Binaural1 11d ago

Also, look how fuckin good Steve-O looks in this picture. Healthy af.

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u/MetalSnake_oXm 11d ago

Man those jackals movies were great

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u/FardoBaggins 11d ago

Jack black was great in it! Blew his arm off at the shoulder and all!

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u/Put_It_All_On_Blck 11d ago

Jack Black is an amazing method actor, I can't believe he still did those guitar solos in House of Rock and Tenacious D with a prosthetic arm. And now he's spent the last 3 months in full Browser furry costumes for his next role.

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u/maggot_soldier 11d ago

Phil looking good and healthy with the weightloss

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u/SuperLaggyLuke 11d ago

He hasn't really had to take responsibility for anything in his life so it's likely he never will.

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u/Sawgon 11d ago

He's genuinely always been a piece of shit, addiction or not.

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u/SuperLaggyLuke 11d ago

I used to like him as a teen because of his care free attitude and how he did all kinds of wacky stuff. Now when I watch Viva la Bam again he is just insufferable.

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u/ChefCourtB 11d ago

Steve-o has continuously done everything he can to support Bam in his recovery. I really hope Bam realizes how great of an asset Steve-o is

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u/HesherPiney 11d ago

I'm in recovery. 8 years. I also work in hospitality in the Philly area.

Philly is crawling with addicts. Per Capita I don't think another city comes close. I know and work with addicts and of course know them through meetings and such.

Bam is an addict but he's also an asshole. He's notorious in the area for being a shit person. And there are tons of famous and rich and powerful people around that are addicts who AREN'T assholes.

Hell, DMX used to come into a place I worked out of his fucking mind on a whole pharmacy worth of shit and he was erratic but also nice, funny and respectful. The Mayor is a massive drunk and he's not a dick. I've seen him pose with people in Wawa late at night in a tux clearly blotto.

I don't think you magically turn into a nice guy when you get sober but very few people can be both a complete asshole and stay clean if they are an addict.

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u/8unk 11d ago

Any good DMX story?

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u/HesherPiney 11d ago

Not good per se but he was pretending to be sober and would go to meetings when he was in town and share his story of recovery movingly told and people would tell me how hearing him they found great inspiration in his journey. But he'd be at the bar at work pounding expensive drinks the same day and doing drugs in the bathroom. We had to tell him not to smoke crack right by the entrance one time.

I didn't out him to meetings or sober friends then because not my place but I was surprised that he could get it together enough to fool a room full of people in recovery that he was clean. I don't remember him ever being a jerk and he was clever and funny but just clearly out of control a lot. He would hang out with this local high end drug dealer who clearly was his Philly connect.

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u/conrid 11d ago

Difference would be the general intake and abuse, though. Bam is leaning back on a steady road down to the bottom, Steve-O took on a wingsuit and said "catch you on the flipside".

Point being, Steve-O met his mortality fairly quickly and realized he has more to give. Bam still don't want to live, and you see it. He fights with all he's got, and I'm proud. He did'nt follow Ryan.

From someone who's been struggling with suicidal thoughts for over 20 years;

Bam, please stay with us. Listen to Stevie, please live on

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u/tacocattacocat1 11d ago Gold

You stay with us, too, bud ❤️

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u/Ilykeyou 11d ago

This is so nice ♥️

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u/ImportanceCertain414 11d ago

He has had hundreds of opportunities to better himself with way more resources available than most people on the planet. At first I rooted for him but now I don't care what he does, maybe if he was family or a friend I would continue but he isn't so I don't.

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u/ChunkyDay 11d ago edited 11d ago

1 - I don’t discount your opinion at all. It’s completely understandable and I would probably have the same viewpoint if I wasn’t a sober addict. But I wanted to hopefully provide a bit of a different prospective.

Dude, let me tell you, most of us adddicts fight tooth and nail to find a way to stay sick. A lot of our bottoms are when literally everything is gone. There’s no way to effectively describe it to somebody who hasn’t experienced addiction except to say it’s like a parasite that feeds on our successes, happiness, anything positive. Every time something real bad happens the parasite shrinks, there’s no positivity to feed on.

Then we get out of rehab and get a month clean, we feel great. I got this. I’m ready to be sober forever.

Now it starts to creep back. Growing with each new milestone reached.

And then something happens. It could be a huge fight. Or watching an episode of intervention. Or even just getting the little butterflies when a random thought about getting high enters your head. And then it attacks again and we relapse.

We’re back in rehab. This time the parasite shrinks a little bit more because we’ve lost a little bit more. Friends start calling less. Family is more suspect.

Anyway this repeats until you’ve lost so much that the parasite is minuscule. And we’re completely broken. Only then do some of us desperately and shamefully ask for help. For some of us the state makes us deal with it in a cell. And or some of us the parasite takes complete control and we don’t make it. The parasite wins.

Bam still has money. Bam still has his parents’ enabling. Bam still has a lot of elements in his life that he unfortunately might need to lose before he’s truly ready to get sober. And I worry that his parents will literally love him to death by continuing to, what they would see as, support him.

Getting sober is the easy part. Staying sober is 10x harder. Because now we still have all out problems and unresolved emotions but no longer have our medicine we used to deal with them.

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u/bakerbabe126 11d ago

I'm a drug and alcohol counselor, and I use one of Steve-Os videos where he and Bam discuss rehab.

Steve-O attempts to redirect him in the right way many times but Bam continues to blame external factors.

I utilize this to show how attitude is important in recovery and how, if you continue to blame everything else for your actions, you are setting yourself up for relapse.

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u/aimforthehead90 11d ago

Not sure what his best really is. I'm not super involved in his history or personal life, but he's always been an entitled prick that I'm aware of. This is just what that looks like when you lose the confident youth that somehow made people overlook how shitty he's always been.

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u/nolagfx16 11d ago

Fuck he looks rough...and fuck I'm old...I still remember him looking like when CKY2k came out...

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u/longtimelyndon 11d ago

He's looks a lot better than his random Instagram posts a few months ago that's for sure!

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u/tonguetwister 11d ago

I was gonna say, I think he looks really good compared to recently.

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u/SevereIntroduction37 11d ago

He looks so much like his dad now

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u/once_pragmatic 11d ago

Only when he’s on the toilet, idiot. Don’t act like there aren’t rules out here.

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u/Krimreaper1 11d ago

Or sleeping.

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u/LordGreyBush1989 11d ago

Or in his van

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u/NoisyN1nja 11d ago

Antiquing will never not be funny.

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u/fl135790135790 11d ago

my god every comment order about bam is repeated almost to the exact letters every time a picture appears of him online

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u/Admiral_Mason 11d ago

WOW ISNT IT CRAZY THAT OF ALL THE JACKASS PEOPLE IT WAS STEVEO THAT SOBERED UP?

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u/Sport6 11d ago

In one of the recent Bam documentaries, his mom said that the Dad comments really mess him up and don’t help with his drinking problem.

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u/AlwaysBeC1imbing 11d ago

Yeah as addicts/alcoholics we do love an excuse to feel sorry for ourselves and drink!

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u/polishrocket 11d ago

“1 will make feel better”. Next thing I know I’m 12 deep. Happens every time. Had to pump the brakes recently as it’s no way to live life, sucks it took me this long to realize it

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u/Drireltan 11d ago

Keep it up, you’ll get there. :)

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u/Big-Zero-360 11d ago

Ironic though how sobriety is the only thing that will change how he feels about that.

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u/Dizzy-Community5091 11d ago

Genetics my guy.. they come for us all.

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u/once_pragmatic 11d ago

I thought the same thing.

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u/Krimreaper1 11d ago

Better than his uncle.

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u/lilmxfi 11d ago

To me, he looks closer to Don Vito than Phil. It's the eyes, I don't know how to explain it exactly, he just sort of has the wild Don Vito look in his eyes.

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u/orangeorchid 11d ago

That Don Vito gave me the creeps.

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u/BigChief302 11d ago

Yeah this makes me feel old as hell. I still can't believe I have gray hair

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u/Happyintexas 11d ago

I refuse to believe gray hair actually correlates to age. Granted, I’ve been minimum 25% gray since 30, closer to 50% with heavy “stripes” of gray by 33. At 35 I went back to full head bleach blonde highlights to blend it all in. Now that I’m actually thinking about it, it could correlate with kids. 3 kids in teen/pre teen crazy years at 35 heavily influenced my dive back into highlights lol

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u/BigChief302 11d ago

Yeah I blame my teenagers for sure. And while I'm at it I would just like to mention that teenagers today are so much more lame than we were. They don't do anything cool, just stare at phones. Bunch of dorks.

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u/Mental_Basil 11d ago

Think it's related to stress. My cousin had a stressful job and got grays at like 27. I never had grays until last year when I went through a mega stressful time. Now at 34 and a few months since the major stressors have passed, I have like... 3 gray hairs. Lol. Time to meditate and de-stress the grays away. Haha.

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u/justridingbikes099 11d ago

34 and none yet, no idea why/how. I keep waiting for it to show up. 2 kids under 4, sleep ain't great, average about 2 hours not working or parenting/day. I think it's random genetics.

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u/BigPoppaFu 11d ago

He actually looks way better than he has in years! He’s been clean a few months now I believe. But yeah is agree with you. I remember him as looking in his glory days of Viva La Bam!

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u/CleanHouseCleanHands 11d ago

You mean when he was bulimic and alcoholic? That svelte heroin chic look, yeah... Glory days...

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u/blackmetaltay 11d ago

hes looking rough but he is sober !

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u/Mister-Butterswurth 11d ago

If anybody can help him get sober, it’s Steevo

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u/earlubes 11d ago

Steve-O has tried in the past and Bam didn’t take any of his advice. Maybe he’s finally waking up and taking it seriously. Gotta love Steve-O

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u/Impressive_Jaguar_70 11d ago

Never would have guessed Steve-O would be one of the most wholesome of the Jackass crew but here we are

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u/GoodLordShowMeTheWay 11d ago

wow, bam looks like Phil now.

I can’t believe it was Steve-O that sobered up out of everyone!

bam really lost control after Ryan Dunn died

It’s the same three comments for 7 years straight.

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u/Tipist 11d ago

wow, bam looks like Phil now.

I can’t believe it was Steve-O that sobered up out of everyone!

bam really lost control after Ryan Dunn died

It’s the same three comments for 7 years straight.

It’s the same four comments for 6 years straight.

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u/largechild 11d ago

I hope Bam’s dad Phil sneaks into Bam’s rehab room at 4am to wake him up by punching him with an electric guitar

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u/Mister-Butterswurth 11d ago

Then goes through his room and takes all the junk food from the hidden stash spots

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u/[deleted] 11d ago

The only person who can get Bam sober is Bam, and sadly I don't think he's ready for that. Crazy that Steve-O of all people was the one who got their shit together and stuck with it.

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u/psimwork 11d ago

I always thought it was super fascinating listening to Dr. Drew talk about his sobriety and how he would always offer to help Steve-O and Steve-O would turn him down every time, saying (effectively) "I have too much respect for what you do to disappoint you. I'm not ready to do it yet, but when I do, I'll do it ONCE."

Drew was apparently like, "yeah whatever, dude - everyone relapses at least once." Later on, he was like, "but I was wrong! He did it just once and it stuck!".

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u/gandhinukes 11d ago

Drew turned into a piece of shit like 15 years ago.

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u/IllIllIIIllIIlll 11d ago

Used to like the guy, what did drew do?

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u/psimwork 11d ago edited 11d ago

Used to like the guy, what did drew do?

A bunch of stuff, some of which is pretty bad, some of which is "meh", and some of which is nothing at all. As a (former) fan, I'll try to give as un-biased opinion as I can. And I will say that while I'm no longer a fan, I wouldn't go so far as to call him a piece of shit.

The first thing that comes to mind for me as far as a lot of folks take him to task on is that he's an ardent supporter of 12-step as a process for overcoming addiction. There's significant, but debatable, evidence that it is as successful as no intervention with regards to outcomes. A LOT of folks take issue with the step of the "higher power" and associate it with organized religion (i.e. "you can't beat your addiction without god!"). Now in fairness, there's a fair amount of 12-step groups that this is exactly the way in which they operate. Drew operates under the concept that a "higher power" can be anything you want it to be - literally it can be having faith that the sun will rise tomorrow, and that it doesn't have to be a "god". But the internet is where nuance goes to die.

The second thing is that he hosted a show called "Celebrity Rehab". This was a show that had a bunch of noted c and d-list celebrities go into a rehab facility while it was filmed for reality TV purposes. The show was created by Drew and Bob Forrest as a way to de-stigmatize addiction therapy. The show had (I think) two people that had been on the show eventually die as a result of their addictions, to which a LOT of folks hold Drew personally responsible, and see the show as a cynical exploitation of people with mental illness. Meanwhile many of the celebrities whom were on the show absolutely credit their experience being there as the reason they're alive today and will absolutely defend the show as being necessary to expose the public to how people that are living with addiction are suffering.

The third thing is that in the 90s, Drew was paid to participate in a study which evaluated clinically depressed people being treated by the medication, Welbutrin, and how it affected their sex drive. During the study it was noted that welbutrin could possibly treat the symptoms while having a reduced side-effect of killing someone's sex drive (as SSRIs are known to do). He would later suggest on Loveline on the air that people who were being treated with SSRIs and were experiencing reduced sex drive should talk to their doctor about getting on Welbutrin as this has a reduced occurrence of this. Now in fairness, this has some teeth, and he shouldn't have done this. There's several issues at play here - the fact that he was being paid by the company calls into question his motivation, and suggesting (as a doctor) to ANYONE that they should talk to their doctor about changing medication while not being their doctor is not a great idea. But I will say that this is somewhat mitigated with me in that the guy didn't lie - Welbutrin DOES tend to treat depression with a reduced occurrence of suppressed sexual function. It's akin to being a celebrity, and being given a car by the manufacturer, and then going on a radio show and being like, "yeah my car has this adaptive cruise control function that is really pretty spectacular. Cadillac calls it Super Cruise and I was able to drive all the way here basically without touching the wheel", while not disclosing that the car had been given to you. It's my suspicion that the guy genuinely believed in the statements he made and didn't see anything wrong with what he was doing, but yeah - this part definitely is not great.

Fourth (and technically fifth) was his reaction to the pandemic. As the pandemic got going he was very much downplaying it. Saying that it wasn't that bad, that shutdowns were unnecessary, and that the media was over-playing it for ratings (he has since recanted on this). He also was part of the white house response to the pandemic, and when you start off saying that it's not a big deal, and then you join the white house response to it, which very much amplified the "not a big deal" message, it's definitely not a good look. I will kinda give him a pass on a lot of what he said initially, because while he was indeed downplaying the pandemic, his advice on what should be done literally every time I heard him speak about it was, "we all need to be listening to Dr. Fauci. If we do what he says, we'll get out of this sooner than later." But the straw that broke the camels back with him for me was that on his podcast, he was giving airtime (and also speaking in support) of Hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for covid (specifically HCQ + Zinc). Again I would suspect his good intentions with this (he is correct in that HCQ + Zinc treatments are pretty benign in and of themselves), but suggesting that as a treatment when WAY too many folks were foregoing vaccination in favor of HCQ treatments was just a terrible plan, and it's where I finally had to give up the ghost with the guy.

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u/Obizues 11d ago

Coming here to say this. It’s all Bam.

You can’t fix others how much you care or want fix in fact many times not letting them hit rock bottom just enables them or pushes it off further or permanently.

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u/alpinetime 11d ago

Steveo and Novak*

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u/MtDewHer 11d ago

Jfc the ghost in the background

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u/gigabyte998 11d ago

Its just the Sandman lol. Morpheus just waiting for two bros to board the plane.

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u/GetBackToWorkSlacker 11d ago

Oh come on man it’s just the pilot doing the preflig… OH MY GOD

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u/TheVampyresBride 11d ago

I always love it when people notice something I didn't. Then I go back, see it for myself, and laugh my ass off.

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u/afihavok 11d ago

I was like, "What, the pilo- HOLY FUCKING SHIT!" lol

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u/Bronco4bay 11d ago

No, Orin I don’t know how I’m going to die.

Wait, are you asking me or telling me?

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u/UNC1112 11d ago

I can't go back to sleep after seeing her. Thanks for this

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u/jgcraig 11d ago

Is that really what that person looks like or is that an actual mf ghost. If it was a ghost, it would look like that.

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u/Yourbubblestink 11d ago

Not an original tooth between them

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u/pectinate_line 11d ago

Steve went a little too white though.

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u/GiganotosaurusZed 11d ago

Bro I watched Steve-O is on like his third full ass set of teeth lmao. Look great all things considered!

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u/Born-Representative3 11d ago

steveo is just a good person, after all the things bam said he’s still cool with him

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u/KittenPsyche 11d ago

Honestly Steve-O probably has been in the exact same position, having the exact same thoughts. He is the absolute best supporter for bam because while nobody owes him forgiveness and love, Steve-O is giving it to him unconditionally because he is aware of how addiction and alienation feels.

If you have a friend that was once so depressed they had mold growing on dishes in their bedroom, they'd be the one to understand it the most when your bed gets a little messy, y'know?

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u/cupcakesloth94 11d ago

I sincerely hope Bam is on his way towards recovery but if you look at his eyes vs Steve-Os it’s very easy to see who’s been sober

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u/twhys 11d ago

He's still fighting demons behind those eyes. Poor guy. Also, how in the actual fuck does steve-o look that vibrant and healthy after all the shit he's went through?

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u/pawn_guy 11d ago

Steve-O has put a surprising amount of work into being a sober and better person. If anyone can help Bam then it's him. The fact that Steve-O is even trying shows how great of a guy he is.

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u/citawin 11d ago

Steve-o kicked the habits early enough to mostly recover the damage done. More than a decade of sobriety, fairly strict healthy dieting, a solid relationship and the dude doesn’t sit still, he’s always hustling, always touring always podcasting.

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u/ion-the-sky 11d ago Gold

I still can't believe Steve-O is healthier than my 30yo sedentary ass. But I'm 16 days sober so it's something

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u/floridianoutofwater 11d ago

It IS something, youve made a choice to do the hard thing and put your physical and mental health first for 16 days in a row. Good luck, dont give up. And even if you do for a bit, dont forget you can un-give up and try again.

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u/Pissed_Off_SPC 11d ago

Hey man, I don't know you but I'm proud of you.

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u/PigsCanFly2day 11d ago

16 days is great! Keep going, friend!

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u/qwertyordeath 11d ago

Fuck yeah holmes 16 days sober is 15 days more than me. I see and respect you Here's hoping for a new personal best of 3+ days. Keep up the good work and

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u/KillseyLynn 11d ago

I hit 6 months sober this Sunday. Keep it going, you can do this.

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u/Available_Job1288 11d ago

He got sober by 32, so despite all the shit he did he might still come out alright in the end.

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u/ShowOff90 11d ago

Best of luck to Bam, hoping maybe this means he’s getting some help? Dudes had a rough few years (some of it brought into himself), really hope he can make a bit of a comeback.

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u/hansiepoopoo 11d ago

Steve-O is a legend.

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u/PolandSpringsTap 11d ago

Sup with the murderer in the plane? Anybody wanna warn them for their safety?

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u/maxzmillion 11d ago

Still technically alive I see

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u/lonely-paula-schultz 11d ago edited 11d ago

I’ve had enough addicts in my family, and lost my own mother to an OD. Bam was one of my first crushes as a girl. I’m a very optimist person and look to the bright side. All that being said, I sadly, won’t be holding my breath on him ever being healthy again. He’s old enough with enough resources. If he really wanted to get better, he would have gotten better already. Especially with the wake up calls of Vito and Ryan passing, along with the birth of his child. If those events didn’t do it, no rock bottom or motivation in life ever will. Sad to say it and I hope to be proven wrong.

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u/Darylish05 11d ago

It took me till I was 50 to get it right. Don’t throw in the towel on him yet.

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u/Tittoilet 11d ago

No one should be given up on. Congratulations, I’m so proud of you!!

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u/Prestigious-Log-7210 11d ago

Yeah I was 36 when I quit drinking and “partying”. 10 years off hard drugs. It is doable.

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u/lala__ 11d ago

You’re never too old to change. Some people will and some people won’t.

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u/Crasino_Hunk 11d ago

I might be misreading what you’re saying, but Phil Margera is still alive FWIW

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u/footwith4toes 11d ago

Vito died, maybe thats what she means?

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u/analfizzzure 11d ago

The realization of years wasted after the fact is just as powerful as those big moments when they happen. Hopefully he dried out enough to realize what he has missed to not make that same mistake. But you're right, nothing will pursued you until you're ready.

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u/Bright_Lie_9262 11d ago

This really depends. An addict with means is an addict with means to continue their behavior, so in many cases they take a longer time to hit their personal “bottom.”

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u/TartofDarkness 11d ago

His father is still alive.

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u/xxhotandspicyxx 11d ago

Agreed with you. He just seems to be stuck in a phase where he blames anyone but himself for his addiction. People say anyone can get sober but this is a lie and I’m afraid Bam is the example For this. The birth of his child should have been his moment for getting sober to be honest. I wanna be wrong but just don’t see it happen.

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u/BigSassy_121 11d ago

If you don’t have the capacity to be honest with yourself your chances are less than average.

And the average is surprisingly low.

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u/Godless_Servant 11d ago

He’s old enough with enough resources

Those resources can also make it way harder

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u/Itsameaturd 11d ago

At first glance I thought that was a Tesla charge station behind them. And then I thought damn that Tesla looks ugly af, almost like an airplane. Then I put the weed down and I feel dumb.

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u/AverageBoeing737 11d ago

Hey!!! I hope you aren't calling the 737 ugly :(

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u/ThreeHourRiverMan 11d ago

Jesus, Steve-O looks amazing.

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u/yerzo 11d ago

Didn't see it in his youth, but good lord did Bam start morphing into his father Phil.

I hope the guy gets well. Others called out he's not been assuming responsibility, seems like he's still in the starter phase. Addiction sucks.

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u/TheBeijingKing 11d ago

Shout out to fucking Steve-O man. He’s really trying to keep his sober friends and peers on the straight and narrow. He understands first hand what taking responsibility for it looks like. That’s some cool shit and shows you a lot about his character.

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u/whitecollarzomb13 11d ago

Astounds me people are still giving this guy second second second chances.

He’s not a nice human being.

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u/SealTeamEH 11d ago

I never understood it, had a friend in high school who IDOLIZED bam but even right from viva la bam you could tell he was an asshole, that show actually turned me off of jackass for years altogether because I assumed they were all assholes like bam.

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u/theslip74 11d ago

I've never understood people who adore Bam either. Like, I can see tolerating him as part of the Jackass crew, but for anyone to single him out as their favorite of the bunch is just crazy to me. I don't see what they see.

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_NAIL_CLIP 11d ago

I’ve hated Bam since I saw how he treated his family. I don’t care if it’s just for TV. You don’t mess with someone on the toilet. My hatred was fueled by the fact that young people looked up to him and would punch a man on the toilet given the chance.

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u/SirPolishWang 11d ago

Why is Steve-O hanging out with Bams Dad?

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u/SafetySnowman 11d ago

It's uncanny how much he looks like Phil lost weight.

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u/Seraphenigma 11d ago

I hope so too. Prior to Bam meeting up with Steve-O for the tour he posted a video of himself at a bar with someone that said they were drinking ice waters and Bam responded with a sarcastic “Sure”. Steve-O is a great guy and I was fortunate enough to meet and hangout with him for a bit. He’s essentially swapped his own addiction for substances and geared his addictive behavior towards being a businessman like his father and making monetary gain his top priority. It’s alienated a lot of his fans, and I think Bam is put off by it

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u/w1987g 11d ago

I remember reading something many moons ago about some of the more edgy/angsty/angry singers that I think applies here. If they're lucky, they grow as a person. If the fans are lucky, they don't.

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u/jedo89 11d ago

All for steve-o getting his shit together but yeah all he does is market and promote influencer culture crap. I’ve tried to listen to his podcast couldn’t get into it because of that.

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u/ExistingCommission63 11d ago

I really hope he uses this as a wakeup call to overhaul his entire life. He can't continue to treat people the way he has been, blame others for his issues, substances or not. It's not acceptable behavior. Steve-o is a good guy all around who has done so well for himself, and I think he could be a great influence on Bam's sobriety. But Bam has to make the choice to lose the victim mentality and own up to his own problems and mistakes.

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u/bughuul99 11d ago

Do Steve-O’s front teeth look weird to anyone else?

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u/jolly_rodger42 11d ago

They're all fake, he's had to have them capped and he wears a dental implant.

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u/Flint-Von-Cineac 11d ago

Phil Margera looks great these days!!

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u/LiBiD24 11d ago

Phil looks modern

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u/DONT_PM_ME_YOUR_PEE 11d ago

Eerie looking gray lady in the plane doorway

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u/scarab5q 11d ago

I've also realized that I need to get clean and I'm a week sober today! I now feel like I'm not alone on this journey!

Good luck to both of us Bam!

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u/Smile_lifeisgood 11d ago

Me watching Jackass in 2000: So Phil must be Bam's step dad.

Me now: oh.

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u/FourandTwoAheadofMe 11d ago

Is that his wife in the plane? She does not look impressed.

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u/McGottem 11d ago

Bro he looks like Phil! Omg he looks sooooo rough what the hell happen to this dude

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