Jim Carrey: Not ‘Dumb & Dumber,’ Just Ignorant

Gun control advocate comedian/actor Jim Carrey becomes the latest Hollywood leftie to trash legendary actor and former NRA head Charlton Heston. About his new anti-Heston parody song, Carrey tweeted: “‘Cold Dead Hand’ is abt u heartless motherf — kers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids. Sorry if you’re offended by the word safety.”

Lyrics include: “Charlton Heston movies are no longer in demand, and his immortal soul may lay forever in the sand. The angels wouldn’t take him up to heaven like he’d planned, ’cause they couldn’t pry that gun from his cold, dead hand. It takes a cold, dead hand to decide to pull the trigger, takes a cold, dead heart and as near as I can figger, with your cold, dead aim you’re tryin’ to prove your di— is bigger … .” You get the idea.

Let’s be charitable — call Carrey ignorant, not stupid.

The Canadian high school dropout can be forgiven for his ignorance about American history, including the NRA’s role in helping blacks defend themselves against violent white racists. He claims Heston’s movies are “no longer in demand.” Perhaps this exposes Carrey’s lack of religiosity. But he should know that every Easter, for the last 40 years (except 1999), broadcast television has aired “The Ten Commandments.” Heston plays Moses. And it’s a ratings winner.

Heston’s other career roles include John the Baptist, Ben-Hur, El Cid and Michelangelo. Care to stack Heston’s body of work next to Carrey’s Ace Ventura (“Pet Detective”) or his Lloyd Christmas (“Dumb & Dumber”)?

Speaking of character, Heston, a cinema rock star, remained married to his college sweetheart, Lydia, for 64 years. Carrey, on the other hand, followed the well-worn Hollywood path: Get famous; get rich; dump the first wife/mother of your kid(s), who stood by you during the tough times; and act out your social life in the tabs to the embarrassment of your kid(s).

This might surprise Carrey, but there was a time when actors, like Heston, supported a cause that threatened both their careers — and their lives.

In 1963, on the day of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, six men appeared on a television roundtable to discuss that day’s March on Washington. These men were singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte; James Baldwin, author of the bestselling civil rights call-to-arms “The Fire Next Time”; writer/producer/director Joseph Mankiewicz; and actors Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando and Heston.

When asked, at this ’63 roundtable, why he joined this struggle for equal rights for blacks, Heston said: “Two years ago, I picketed some restaurants in Oklahoma, but with that one exception — up until very recently — like most Americans I expressed my support of civil rights largely by talking about it at cocktail parties, I’m afraid. But again, like many Americans this summer, I could no longer pay only lip service to a cause that was so urgently right, and in a time that is so urgently now.”

Back then, many entertainers refused to stick their necks out. Contemporary actors like Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis (“The Campaign”) take no risk by mocking the Koch brothers, whose offense is making contributions to Republican candidates. But ’63 was a time when the infamous communist witch hunt, known as the Hollywood Blacklist, was just loosening its career-ending grip. In many states, it remained illegal for blacks and whites to marry. It was before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Just two months earlier, black civil rights activist Medgar Evers was murdered in Mississippi. Eight years earlier, in 1955, Emmett Till, a black boy from Chicago visiting relatives, was murdered in Mississippi, supposedly for making a pass at a white woman. One year earlier, three Mississippi civil rights workers turned up dead in a horrific episode memorialized in the movie “Mississippi Burning.” And “Bloody Sunday” took place two years later, in 1965, when authorities brutally attacked civil rights marchers as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Photographs and televised images of bloodied and severely injured men and women horrified the world.

A World War II Army staff sergeant, Heston served as a radio operator and aerial gunner. When he died in 2008, Time magazine movie critic Roger Corliss wrote: “In the era of the movie epic, (Heston) was the iconic hero, adding to these films millions in revenue, plenty of muscle and 10 IQ points. … Heston was the alpha and omega of movie manhood — our civilized ancestor, our elevated destiny. … El Cid is up there with Lawrence of Arabia … passionate, eloquent, with a visual and emotional grandeur. … From start to finish, Heston was a grand, ornery anachronism, the sinewy symbol of a time when Hollywood took itself seriously, when heroes came from history books, not comic books.”

The world, Mr. Pet Detective, could use a few more “heartless mother — kers” like Heston.

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  • RebeccaJean

    Chalton Heston was truly a great man. Jim Carrey? Not even close to being good let alone great.

    • Micha Elyi

      Jim Carrey, a migrant worker doing jobs Americans won't do?

  • xios

    Carrey said on camera after the Iraqi shoe was thrown at George Bush that he wished it was he who threw the shoe. I urge everyone to shoe this guy whenever he pokes his head out in public.

  • Alex Kovnat

    Before J.C. made an arse of himself, there was Barbara Streisand (and no doubt, others). Have you noticed how some of the most unpleasant personalities in show biz are on the left side of the political aisle?

    • ltcdmward

      A few years ago I was watching some sort of biography about Carrey. The primary thing I remember was his eschewing of "religion" and him going to his little gazebo or whatever on his estate to practice his Transcendental Meditation (TM). Another "transcending society" Hollywood progressive having made his money off of the little people. You know, the "clingers".

      • Mary Sue

        Oh so he's following in the nutsy moonbatty path of Shirley "I am God!" MacLaine….

  • cxt

    Better voices than mine have pointed out that Carry is an anti-vacine (sp) activist—millions of people around the world no longer live in fear of death and crippling injury due to such treatments. It was not that long ago that people had large familes because many of their kids were expected to die as children-millions of lives saved by the very medical treatments Carry is against.

    I wonder how history is going treat Carry and his anti-science stance?

    I wonder how many people are look back on following Carry's advice and deeply regret their choice to listen to a comic actor instead of a doctor.

  • JacksonPearson

    Charlton Heston's greatness and legacy will live on and won't ever be diminished by a turd like Jim Carrey! Many actors take roles and parts that they later regret. Carrey made a mistake mocking Heston and the 2nd Amendment and will have to live with it.

  • http://shugartpoliticalaction.shugartmedia.com/uncommonsense/ Chris_Shugart

    Carrey's ignorance is not so different from libs in general who choose to isolate themselves within a small circle of like-minded people. Their aversion to ideological diversity is an irony that shouldn't go unnoticed. I know many libs who are uncomfortable with having their views challenged. Only wimps, dullards or bigots would avoid others of different social and political stripes.

  • Tina Trenner

    How cheesy and discussing Carey is…It makes sense he is a high school drop out as I am sure he was the high school clown.and nothing more..They probably could not take anymore. I do not understand the losers who make good in America then trash it…It truly is a puzzle how twisted their thinking has to be to put their hand out and take from us and then kick us in the shins….when they make millions you would think they would appreciate the opportunities they have gotten from our system. and especially from a foreigner….I think he is stupid because you can get over ignorant if you apply yourself…Dumb and Dumber is perfect .

  • Ghostwriter

    It's a shame. Jim Carrey is sure capable of being funny. "Cold Dead Hands" WAS not funny by any stretch of the imagination and in the long run will hurt him.

  • johnnywoods

    I have heard that Mr. Carrey used to be funny. Unfortunately I do not know when was the case.

  • russianman

    Jim Carrey is a moron.

  • russianman

    And Charlton Heston is a genius.

  • robert

    He could have easily been the 'fourth stooge'… nyuck nyuck nyuck!!! what a talent! And thank God he is here to tell us the folly of our ways as seen by HIM.