Jim Carrey is the latest celebrity to get on the bad side of the gun nuts. On Saturday, the star tweeted:
Any1 (sic) who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting
Naturally, this didn’t go over well on the right. When a left-leaning celebrity voices an opinion they don’t like they never hesitate to get their nasty on. Fox Nation used that very word to describe the tweet. Commenters over at Alex Jones’ Prison Planet weren’t as nice, most calling Carrey “washed up” and ruffling their macho feathers in a display of what, I guess, they think is manliness.
Erin Brown of Red Alert Politics penned a little diatribe:
“[It was a] careless remark … rooted in the shallow, parroted talking points so commonly espoused by liberal elites. Sadly, his divisive comment has received more than 3,400 retweets and more than 1,600 ‘favorites’ as of this printing, proving once again that the power wielded by Hollywood celebrities carries a very real influence.” (Source)
Because talking points are only parroted by those on the left, as we all know (my eyes hurt from rolling them so much at this). Come on, Erin; at least be enough of a journalist to admit that talking points is pretty much all the right has. In response to the outpouring of derision, Carrey followed up with another tweet:
Yes, i agree with the ppl (sic) who argue that cars can be as deadly as guns but a car is a lot harder to get through the door of a classroom (Source)
Can’t argue with that.
But the nastiest reaction came from a site that was new to me, Protein Wisdom (no, I have no idea WTH that even means). The site is run by Jeff Goldstein and, other than vitriol, he really has nothing to recommend him or his site. The first paragraph reads like a fantasy of a very disturbed individual:
Which is why God granted dominion to good and wise men — like Carrey, eg. – to judge the souls of lesser, ordinary men, then invented giant ovens and “showers” that pump poison gas in order to put these evil subhumans into the dirt where they belong.
Man, that’s some ugly stuff, there. Why is it that when somebody disagrees with them on an issue – any issue – they always have to be abusive and vile? They always manage to boil any argument down to “you suck” or suggestions of what you should suck. It’s like the playground all over again. It’s pretty obvious that most of those who “debate” in this fashion haven’t matured much beyond those recess days. I can’t for the life of me understand why the saner and more reasonable members of the right allow the knuckle-draggers to frame the debate in such a fashion. Maybe it’s just that the mouth-breathers can get their maliciousness out there before the reasonable gun supporters can even get to their computers.
Lately, it’s been quite unpleasant for any celebrity who favors gun restrictions. Bob Costas was the first to get lambasted for offering an opinion – however subtle – that guns could use a little overseeing. Stephen King, with the release of his essay Guns, has seen an uptick in nasty posts on his message board. Because the best response to a famous author who says something you dislike is to act like a virtual toddler and throw a fit on his website (with the obligatory, “and I won’t ever buy any of your books again. So there!”).
Since the Newtown massacre, and even before then, gun sales have gone crazy. The FBI shows that the number of background checks went up 15% in 2012 – and that’s just the guns that are bought legitimately. Can you imagine how many have been bought at gun sales and via other anonymous methods? This is not an imaginary problem. Not to sensible people, not to people who realize that the 2nd Amendment, like any other, requires parsing within the paradigm of the 21st century. Personally, I think too many gun nuts skip right over the words “well-regulated” on their way to “shall not be infringed.” I even had one person try to tell me that “well-regulated” meant that the guns were properly cared-for. Oy!
Was Jim Carrey’s tweet a bit over the top? Sure it was. But no more over the top than Ted Nugent’s remarks. Or Victoria Jackson’s. Or Dennis Miller’s. Or Jon Voight’s. Or… well, you get the picture. If a right-leaning celeb says something outrageous it’s his or her right, First Amendment, and how dare you try to stifle an opinion that you don’t like?! But if it’s a left-leaning celebrity; they are “hypocrites” (I don’t think most who use this word even know what it really means), “traitors,” “un-American,” and the ever-popular “elitist.” But what else can you expect from people whose idea of political discourse tends to puerile name-calling?
T. Steelman is a life-long Liberal. She has been writing online about politics since 2007. She lives in Western Washington with her husband, daughter, 2 cats and a small herd of alpacas. How can anybody be enlightened? Truth is, after all, so poorly lit…