Jim Carrey, Campbell Brown, and Hollywood Violence

April 4, 2013

Who would have thought Lloyd Christmas and a former CNN anchor would be at the forefront of a substantive debate on gun control?

Campbell Brown wants the president to attack his checkbook by going after the Hollywood elites who finance his campaigns while profiting off of violent movies and television shows:

The president's campaign against gun violence has produced a stale debate marked by lots of speeches with little achieved. A more creative chief executive would have used this moment to widen the discussion by drawing attention to the increasingly graphic violence so pervasive in television shows, movies and videogames. Mr. Obama is particularly well positioned to challenge Hollywood because of his special relationship with the media world's elites. They might be more likely to heed criticism coming from Mr. Obama than from any other president or member of Congress.

I doubt it. It's the media world's elites who produced Jim Carrey’s infamous web video mocking gun owners. And Carrey is chasing that with a role in Kick Ass 2, in which he plays an ultraviolent vigilante whose compatriot is a gun-wielding girl known for killing criminals.

Meanwhile, in this Huffington Post op-ed, Carrey rages against the gun culture in America while completely ignoring the fact that his industry regularly gets blamed for the violent culture he laments:

I have been aghast at the level of hatred heaped upon me, my family and the people I work with over a mere difference of opinion on this issue. Perhaps my words were a bit harsh at the onset, but calling someone a "Motherfucker" is far different than wishing them to die. It is shocking to see this concerted effort to brutally intimidate anyone who speaks of a compassionate compromise.

That pot ain’t gonna call it black by itself.