Taking to the subreddit r/jackass, user u/darealsammy_irl posted a very succinct comment: “Machine Gun Kelly didn’t suffer enough.” With over 200 upvotes, it’s pretty clear that fans wanted to see the divisive rapper-turned-rocker in a much more painful stunt. Overall, comments regarding the musician were not very kind.
One popular comment by u/KCfaninLA suggested an alternative stunt that would have been much more fitting: “They should have named a stunt ‘Machine Gunned Kelly’ and lit him up with a paintballing machine gun.” Redditor r/fabreazebrother_1 seems to have summarized the overall consensus of the thread saying, “He got knocked in the pool and acted like that was the first time anything aggressive happened to him in his entire life. I hate his face.”
Despite what the Redditors might have perceived of him, it seems that MGK declined any special treatment as a celebrity guest. In a March 2022 interview with Howard Stern, Kelly confirmed to Stern that he specifically requested that the “Jackass” crew treat him as if he was a full member, asking the team not to hold back. That request might have been honored if not for scheduling issues.
While speaking with Stern, he explains that he was originally supposed to appear in another stunt called “The Quiet Game,” in which cast members, dressed as mimes, must endure incredibly painful stunts without uttering a sound. To MGK’s great fortune, scheduling conflicts prevented him from participating in this stunt saying, “I was really glad the scheduling didn’t work out for that one.” Had he taken part in the “Quiet Game,” would it have been enough to satiate “Jackass” fans?