Hollywood is comprised of actors and actresses that are human beings; they have thoughts, feelings and yes, even political opinions. Since the days of Mary Pickford and before, entertainers have dabbled in politics but unlike today, most had class.
Sure, actors of yesteryear were political. Charlie Chaplin earned the ire of the government as he was a foreigner who seemed ungrateful for the opportunities that a capitalist system provided him. However, in the age of Twitter, Facebook and various other instantaneous forms of communications, actors now no longer have to wait for an inquisitive journalist to ask a question before they can run off at the mouth. Now, idiots who have gotten too much sun in L.A. can voice their classless buffoonery in real-time.
Enter Jim Carrey.
In an amazingly unfunny video posted to Funny or Die, former funnyman Jim Carrey mocked rural culture as well as those of us who would want to protect our Second Amendment rights.
Alright, fine- I can take it. I can defend my position and explain my political beliefs. But the ever-classy Carrey took it one step further and relentlessly mocked deceased American patriot Charlton Heston.
It takes a big man to call out someone who is no longer living and unable to defend themselves.
Singing, Carrey utters such oh-so-witty lines like, “Charlton Heston movies are no longer in demand. His immortal soul may lay forever in the sand. The angels wouldn’t take him up to heaven like he planned ‘cause they couldn’t pry that gun from his cold, dead hand.”
He then asserted that the need for personal firearm ownership signified a lack of… manliness.
Carrey also tweeted, “‘Cold Dead Hand’ is abt u heartless motherf%ckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids. Sorry if you’re offended by the word safety! ;^}”
Ah, the classic, “Do it for the kids!” If Carrey was truly concerned about children, he would be lecturing us on the importance of swimming pool safety as that kills considerably more children each year. Save it, Fire Marshall Bill.
The entirety of his nauseating song is a perfect illustration of projection. Jim Carrey has the audacity to broadly speculate with pop psychology that firearm ownership and the means of protection is overcompensation for a lack of manhood, but apparently Carrey is man enough to call out Heston for his beliefs only when he’s been dead for five years.
Where was Carrey’s impassioned political satire when Heston was raising rifles above his head, standing for freedom?
Now that Carrey has been reduced to rocking the boat in YouTube videos, this would be the perfect time for him to throw out some jabs for some cheap press.
Carrey’s claim that Heston’s movies “are no longer in demand” is particularly telling of Carrey’s insecurities. Let’s compare the careers of the two actors: Charlton Heston made The Ten Commandments; Jim Carrey made Ace Ventura. Charlton Heston made Ben Hur; Jim Carrey made The Cable Guy. As Charlton Heston began to slip into middle age, at 49, he made The Omega Man. At 51, Jim Carrey made “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.” What? You didn’t see it? Don’t worry; nobody else did either.
My point is that if Carrey has a political opinion, that’s fine. He’s even welcome to offer satire to prove a point. But of all the points he could have made, his approach was to attack millions of people who will no longer buy tickets to his movies, attack a man who is revered by many as a patriot when he is no longer here to defend himself and- as if that’s not bad enough- attack Heston’s acting career when he is noted for being one of the finest actors of his generation?
This has got to be the most classless thing I have ever witnessed. Jim Carrey couldn’t hold a candle to Charlton Heston as an actor, a man, a human being or even an activist.
When Charlton Heston witnessed something he wanted to help change, he marched with Martin Luther King. When Jim Carrey saw something he wanted to change, he tweeted obscenities, called names and threw jabs in a lame song on a website.
No, Hollywood used to produce a better class of actor and a better class of activist. If Carrey wanted to discuss the issue, he missed his mark. Far from being thought-inducing satire, Carrey’s video is a 5-minute illustration of his cowardice. To raise awareness for his viewpoint, he needs to man-up and act like an adult.
Charlton Heston is no longer available to discuss gun rights issues- but I am. If Mr. Carrey wishes to act like an adult and discuss the issue with someone who can defend his position, I can be reached at email@example.com
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