A father and his daughter. That brings to mind different images. I think every father-daughter duo has their own personal, private, memories of the things they loved to do together. My daughter, Alison, and I have an unusual one. She is a young, college student, majoring in Art. She was the vice-president of her Sorority, she works part-time in a coffee shop, she does a lot of things that girls her age enjoy. She has a boyfriend who is 8 years older than her. Now what do you think she and her engineer father have in common?
We go to see the motion picture, JACKASS, together. JACKASS is a film franchise started by actor, dare-devil Johnny Knoxville and is a documentary film of a bunch of childhood friends as they try different dare-devil stunts and record it on video. The show debuted as a regular series on MTV. On the evenings when I’d get home, and Alison would be home from school she would watch MTV to watch the music videos. Then JACKASS would come on. We’d watch it, and crack-up at the sophomoric, or rather moronic stunts these guys would do. Shooting eachother in the ass with CO2 guns, farting into chambers and expelling the gas into eachother’s faces, coaxing alligators to try to eat raw meat out of their underware, etc.
In 2002, the first Jackass Movie was released. Alison wanted to see it. I wanted to see it. My wife, Vicki, would have nothing to do with this film, so the first father-daughter event was hatched. Only Alison and I went to see the film. She was only 14, so I needed to get her in to see the film. She was the envy of her friends, who couldn’t believe her father had actually taken her to see such a vulger and depraved film.
Four years later in 2006, Jackass No. 2 was released, and when we heard about it, we decided that we must go see this too. Again, Vicki did not want to have anything to do with this film. It was ghastlier and even more sickening than the last, with scenes of guys drinking bull semen, and excreting in a display toilet in a hardware store, to name a few of the low points. For some reason, both Alison and I think these stunts are hilarious. She was now 18 years old. At least she was legal now.
Recently, in 2010, Jackass The Movie-3D was released. Now Alison is 22 years old. She looked at me when we heard of its release, and it took a few months but we finally got to see it. Again, it was horrible, nauseating, disgusting and purtrid. We both loved every minute of it. What can I say? It brings the two of us together, and deepens our father-daughter bond. I don’t know why. It just does, and like Martha Stewart would say, “…and that’s a good thing.”