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 mother----ers 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.