Conservatives flip out over Jim Carrey’s anti-gun music video

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 10:46 EDT
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Republican author and pundit Ann Coulter, appearing on "Hannity."
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It takes a rare piece of satire to get under the skin of the professional talker class on Fox News and right-wing radio, but comedian Jim Carrey’s anti-gun music video has done just that, and conservatives like Ann Coulter, Greg Gutfeld and Laura Ingraham can’t help but publicize it.

“He is probably the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth, and I hope his career is dead, and I hope he ends up sleeping in a car the way his life began,” Gutfeld said on Monday’s episode of “The Five.” “This video only made me want to go out and buy a gun. He thinks this is biting satire, going after rural America and a dead man?”

He went on to chastise Carrey for penning an essay in 2009 advocating against early childhood vaccinations, saying that publicizing his viewpoint “has killed more people than all the rifles combined,” and calling him “a little, sad freak.”

Ingraham told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning that she felt Carrey’s video was really just a “mask” for his “cold, dead career” following a chilly box office reception for his latest film, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”

“Carrey has not been funny since, I dunno, ‘The Truman Show’?” she said. “‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,’ ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ He was gonna be in the sequel, what happened there? He’s not going to be in the sequel there, which I think is not disappointing to many people.”

Over on “Hannity” the night prior, Republican author Ann Coulter was similarly apoplectic. “I note that he only said his bodyguards don’t have 100-round magazines,” she said. “Who has a 100-round magazine? I don’t really see the point of banning them if they jam. A 100-round magazine would be as tall as I am!” (Note: A 100-round magazine compatible with M4 and AR-15 assault rifles is approximately 12.2 inches long.)

She added that “it’s very strange [the government] will not answer questions” about recent stories popularized by conspiracy theorists claiming federal agencies are stockpiling ammunition for nefarious purposes. “Given that what we know about ‘Fast and Furious’ and how they will create incidents… you do sort of wonder, are they just refusing to answer questions about these gun buys to try to induce paranoid responses from right-wingers?”

“Please note, again, they can have guns and we can’t,” Coulter said. “That’s the only question with gun control.”

Carrey, for his part, is bound to be enjoying the newfound platform in conservative media despite the criticism, which he failed to provoke with his last appearance on “Funny or Die” in 2010, in a sketch which featured him playing President Ronald Reagan.

“Wow!” Carrey tweeted early Tuesday morning. “I haven’t bn on here since 10:15am.14hrs n u guys r still arguing without me.I’m gonna go 2 bed now bt don’t let that stop you! YAWN”

These videos are from The Fox News Channel, aired March 25-26, 2013. Embeds courtesy of Mediaite.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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