Erin Strecker
October 09, 2012 AT 05:34 PM EDT

Peter Yang

Just take some advice from Lady Gaga: Joking about hurting animals is a no-win situation.

Jackass star Bam Margera found himself in the doghouse after he tweeted a photo of himself holding a (later revealed to be fake) gun to his puppy’s head along with the message, “Penny pooped in my bed. Not too fond of that. If it happens again, Penny goes Bye Byes!”

In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, 33-year-old Magera said the gun was fake, and that he was unaware of a rise in animal-abuse cases in the area. “I think those people need to go down,” he said, adding that he would’ve never posted the photo if he’d known about the recent instances of abuse. “Just hurting another animal is rude, crude and more.”

In the same interview, Margera made the fairly valid point that he assumed that most people would assume he was joking. “I feel like every follower I have on Twitter knows my Jackass joking kind of humor,” he said.

This is the same man who once willingly kayaked off a 100-foot cliff. I don’t think we should be looking to him for good judgment.

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