On yesterday's Fox News Channel show The Five, Greg Gutfeld tore into comedian Jim Carrey, whose Funny or Die parody song "Cold Dead Hand" mocks gun owners, Charlton Heston, and, improbably, that bastion of cultural evil, Hee-Haw.
Gutfeld, who also hosts Fox News' Red Eye, is enagingly foaming at the mouth throughout his anti-Carrey rant. Snippets courtesy of Mediaite:
[Jim Carrey is "the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth...I hope his career is dead and he ends up sleeping in a car the way his life began. This video made me want to go out and buy a gun...."
Gutfeld notes that the late Charlton Heston was one of the first Hollywood celebrities to publicly endorse the civil rights movement in the 1950s and '60s, while Carrey was for a time active in then-girlfriend Jenny McCarthy's anti-vaccination efforts. Noting that the World Health Organization estimates about 160,000 people die each year from measles, Gutfeld explodes, "Jim Carrey has killed more people than all the rifles combined."
It's a great performance by Gutfeld (if loose and fast with facts) and well worth watching by clicking above. His Twitter feed is also pretty damn awesome on the topic. You can check it out here.
I like a lot of Jim Carrey's movies, his run on In Living Color, and various oddball antics over the years, but "Cold Dead Hand" really is crap on toast. It exemplifies coastal contempt for the provinces in a way that is so leaden and conventional - Hee-Haw? Charlton Heston? - it's hard to believe this is the same guy who was once not simply funny but pretty damn dazzling. Lord knows there are plenty of funny ways to lampoon gun-rights enthusiasts, but reaching for the most obvious gags (and thereby reinforcing the existing beliefs on both sides of the issue) is not the way to do that.
Watch the vid below and let us know what you think in the comments secton.