One of the less likely celebrities has stepped into the gun control battle.
Jim Carrey is hardly known as an activist, but his first real foray into that arena is guaranteed to cost him at least a few of his 10 million Twitter followers. He posted a video to Funny or Die on Monday that mocked late actor and former NRA President Charlton Heston in a Hee-Haw style spoof called "Cold Dead Hand." But it was his tweets promoting the video the day before that got people really hot and bothered, making the actor a very unlikely topic of conversation on all the morning chat shows.
"'Cold Dead Hand' is abt u heartless motherf%**ers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids," he tweeted. "Sorry if you're offended by the word safety!"
Naturally, the tweets and video immediately got him into trouble with the Fox News set. Ann Coulter cited the video as an example of an "epidemic" of "wealthy people" telling Americans they can't have guns. (Sidenote: Ann charges six figures for speeches and is hardly in the poorhouse). “That’s the only question with gun control: should the government and rich elites like Bloomberg, Feinstein and Jim Carrey have a monopoly on force?” she said.
Jim performs double duty in the Funny or Die video as both Charlton and the lead singer of the country band performing the title track. His backup singers include peace advocates who were shot down by gunmen like Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon and Abraham Lincoln.
The jokes themselves are hardly innovative and even resort to the old line of having a big gun to compensate for a small... bullet case. "You're a big, big man with a little bitty gland, so you need something bigger with a hairpin trigger," sings Jim in the video. Nonetheless, the topic of gun control is so controversial that almost anything said on the topic is bound to piss someone off on either side.
"Thx 4 your input 2day. I don't think i've ever felt so despised and so free at the same time. It's been delightfully. ;^}" tweeted Jim yesterday.
What do you think of the video accompanying tweets?
Photos courtesy of Funny or Die and Universal Pictures