Sometimes things just fester. You see something or hear something and you could just let it go but you don’t. You consider it or wonder about it. You ponder. Eventually, you pick the scab and let the pus just ooze all over your blog hoping that relieving the pressure will make things feel better.
Last week, comedian and actor Jim Carrey came out with a video that bashed gun nuts. Understand that when I say “gun nuts” I don’t mean gun owners. I did not take it that way. I saw it as a direct slap at those who are what we might call gun owner fanatics… the ones that are believing everything the NRA is throwing at you telling you how the government is coming for your guns and your second amendment rights are about to be violated. The people who are fractions of an inch away from actually fighting. The ones that are buying up every gun they can because their ability to buy a gun will soon be removed. The ones that use waving the flag and shouting “USA” as if being patriotic only works when you have a gun in your possession. You know who I mean.
As for the Carrey video, I took it this way: They did a good job replicating the crappy video of what you might see in a re-run of Hee-Haw. The timing was off, the set was complete bullshit and the jokes were lame. “Special Guest” Charlton Heston was on hand to help introduce the upcoming act. Carrey plays Heston as well as the singer “Lonesome Earl.” Earl’s band is made up of people like Abe Lincoln, John Lennon and Gandhi – all gun victims. “Earl” sings a song that takes a big shit on gun owners and Charlton Heston. Heston (played by Carrey) is outraged during the song, finds a gun and attempts to shoot the singer, eventually shooting off his own foot. There’s a Lebowski moment where Carrey plays Sam Elliot. The song message was basically that gun owners (conservative white males) were compensating for having non-existent genitalia.
It was a comedy sketch. It is what Jim Carrey does and has been doing for years. It is social satire not unlike any political cartoon you might see in a newspaper. I saw it, registered it in my head as kind of half lame and half funny and that was where it would forever stay. And then I read some of the fallout from FNC.
I watched some guy from Fox go on and on and just fucking ON about it. Since I don’t really watch Fox, I did not know who this person was. I know Hannity and O’Reilly when I see them. I did not know who this sawed off little smart ass was though. So, I did research. Turns out this guy is Greg Gutfeld. He is on a couple of shows on Fox, one of them at something like 3am Eastern time. He’s 48, married to a former model and has a few books out there. I’m not exactly sure what he is… comedian, writer and apparently lives in the bowels of the Fox lineup. At 5’5, I’m guessing he’s had to overcome a few things.
What I saw him doing was hitting just about every Fox show as a guest and just laying out a shit load of insults in response to the Carrey video. I was amazed! Then, I discovered that just about anybody can go online and plug a few words into an insult generator and come up with “original” material just like Gutfeld was spewing. Along with the insults that were used to generate some shock and awe, he also went on to beat Carrey up for making fun of a dead Charlton Heston, someone who could not respond. He explained that Heston was a Patriot, a Warrior, a Civil Right Activist when being a civil rights activist was not the cool thing to be. All true. Well, then things changed. I’ll bet that when John Wayne Gacy was not out there killing young men and boys, he was doing a wonderful job as a clown at local birthday parties. Somehow, we don’t recall the clown stuff.
Heston did serve in WW2. Heston was a civil rights activist. Gutfeld did not mention that when he was picketing segregated theaters and restaurants in Oklahoma in 1961 it coincided with the release of a movie he was starring in called “El Cid.” Was it possible that segregated movie theaters would take in less revenue for his movie? In the election of 1964, Heston supported Barry Goldwater who was an opponent to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Heston supported the Gun Control Act of 1968. Gutfeld does not mention any of this. He also does not go on to mention anything about how in later years Heston would eventually become a Republican and become “President” and spokesman for the NRA and become an opponent to gun legislation. Heston would often recite the names of founding fathers and refer to them as “a bunch of white guys” who wrote the Constitution. He did this with pride. In an ongoing attempt to promote the fight for gun rights, he would often claim that the negativity towards gun regulation was “cultural warfare.” In a 1997 speech at the Free Congress Foundation’s 20th anniversary Gala, Heston said “Many homosexuals are hugely talented artists and executives… also dear friends. I don’t despise their lifestyle, though I don’t share it,” Heston stated. “As long as gay and lesbian Americans are as productive, law-abiding and private as the rest of us, I think America owes them absolute tolerance. It’s the right thing to do.”
“But on the other hand,” Heston continued. “I find my blood pressure rising when Clinton’s cultural shock troops participate in homosexual-rights fund-raisers but boycott gun-rights fund-raisers… and then claim it’s time to place homosexual men in tents with Boy Scouts, and suggest that sperm donor babies born into lesbian relationships are somehow better served and more loved.”
Gutfeld does not mention any of this. Okay… I liked Charlton Heston as an actor. That is what he did, act. He was a known face and voice and used those talents in later years with the NRA. The guy was also a little bit out there at times.
I guess I was tired when I finished this post. It seems that I’ve ended it without making the point that Gutfeld is doing nothing more than riding on the coat tails of Jim Carrey’s video. While he does it, he also churns out the bullshit Patriotism rant that goes along with the fight to not have the gun issue be an actual issue. He acts like someone who has something to prove, someone who in return for having to prove himself will not shy away from bullying anyone else. The guy is filled with hate and rage and tries to present it as witty satirical humor and it does not matter if what he says is accurate as long as it pulls in sponsor money for Fox.