Jim Carrey Faces Backlash Over Anti-Gun Video
After releasing a music video on the popular website, www.funnyordie.com, called "Cold Dead Hand," Jim Carrey has successfully made himself the center of national attention again. Unfortunately for Carrey, this time he is not being admired for his witty, slapstick brand of comedy that catapulted him to fame in the early nineties.
While many of Carrey's followers have defended his "Cold Dead Hand" as "Just a joke", "Defending a real issue," or "What needed to be said;" Carrey has also found himself at odds with much of America, including many heavy hitting media outlets.
On Monday, Greg Gutfeld, co-host of Fox News's five o' clock power show "The Five," blasted Carrey, accusing him of "Cowardess" for what he described as a Attack on rural America." Gutfeld then challenged Carrey as to why he chose to attack rural America, where gun crime contributes less than 3% to the annual national gun crimes statistics. He also asked Carrey why he did not challenge gangs, the cartels, and organized crime families.
The critisism didn't stop there. Many in the media have questioned the morality of Carrey making fun of late actor Charlton Heston. Heston was indeed a figure most notable for his staunch defense of the second ammendment. The Funny or Die video in question, is titled after a famous moment in which Heston proclaimed "From my cold dead hands," when describing how the government would take his private firearms. What is less familiar about Heston, was his tireless work with the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's. During this time, he was the first Hollywood celebrity to march with Martin Luther King Jr. He also spent a large amount fo time working for not for profit agencies, and over his lifetime, donated more than 70% of his income to charity. All of this, plus Heston's inability to defend himself, have made many Americans quesiton, how funny the video really is.
In the aftermath of the video, Carrey has been relatively silent; choosing instead to "re-tweet" encouraging messages, mostly posted by teenage fans. His current Twitter picture shows him in a "Ghandi" style pose, which he states is meant to "symbolize the peace" that he and many gun control supporters are chasing with their political satire. Once again, Greg Gutfeld pointed out that Carrey's attempt to utilize Mohattma Ghandi only makes him look more hypocritical since Ghandi was by all accounts a "pro-gun" character. Ghandi once stated: "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."
- Mahatma Gandhi, "Gandhi, An Autobiography", M. K. Gandhi, page 372
While the gun control debate rages in the United States, it is up to the public to determine what is fair game in the gun control debate. Perhaps one day Carrey, and Gutfeld will get to sit down and discuss their differences for the public to judge.