Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Jim Carrey, gun control and Left/Right patronizing of each other.


For five minutes and fifty-six seconds, the FUNNY OR DIE site (full disclosure: I posted a video there awhile back) gives Jim Carrey a chance to mix outspoken beliefs with a few reminders of the "James Carrey of IN LIVING COLOR" period of two decades previous.

I don't argue with Carrey's pro-gun control stance (and the video's display of prominent gun violence victims as backup band members is one of its more subtle touches).  But I don't think the kind of smirking at Charlton Heston (more of the post-90s determined revisionism stating Heston's NRA presidency wiped away a generally distinguished acting career) and the long-departed "country-and-western LAUGH-IN" series HEE HAW can be said to accomplish anything substantive.  All it proves is that certain people considering themselves liberal/progressive like to mock gun-owning social conservatives for alleged stupidity and liking the "wrong" things; conversely, the folks on the Right get to feel persecuted and defensive (with their hurt/paranoia massaged and exploited by Fox News and prominent talk-radio hosts)--and condescended to in a major way, prompting them to look down on the Left with renewed vigor.

Even a "moderate" Democrat like Bill Clinton (still adored by liberals/progressives, sometimes mystifyingly so) has mentioned that liberals/progressives need to stop sneering at conservatives regarding gun control/gun ownership/ammunition issues if progress is to be achieved.

Here's the exact quote from Clinton: “Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them,” Clinton said.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/bill-clinton-to-democrats-dont-trivialize-gun-culture-86443.html#ixzz2OiWz8sM3

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