Conservatives Upset Over Jim Carrey's 'Assault Rifle' Tweet
Add Jim Carrey to the list of celebrities who have earned the ire of the right for publicly expressing an anti-gun sentiment. The actor, who is mostly known for comedic roles, took on a serious tone when he used Twitter to focus on the gun debate that has emerged in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.
The backlash began after Carrey tweeted the following over the weekend:
Any1 who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting. ;^
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 2, 2013
Predictably, the actor’s statement did not go over well with those on the right with pro-gun views.
The Huffington Post:
This, of course, did not go over well with those who fear Obama himself will at any minute walk through their front door and take away their guns (except the ones they use for skeet shooting).
Fox Nation referred to the comment as “nasty”, while conservative blog WND noted, “‘Dumb and Dumber’ doesn’t begin to cover this one.”
Red Alert Politics writer Erin Brown wrote about it at length, decrying the tweet as a “careless remark … rooted in the shallow, parroted talking points so commonly espoused by liberal elites.” She went on to lament the popularity of Carrey’s statement: “Sadly, his divisive comment has received more than 3,400 retweets and more than 1,600 ‘favorites’ as of this printing, proving once again that the power wielded by Hollywood celebrities carries a very real influence.”
Carrey didn’t seem to be too fazed by the criticism, however, tweeting about the topic again Tuesday:
Yes, i agree with the ppl who argue that cars can be as deadly as guns but a car is a lot harder to get through the door of a classroom. ;^]
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 5, 2013
— Posted by Tracy Bloom.