Anyone that lives in NYC will attest to the fact that the liberal indoctrination here runs deep. From a very young age we are taught that guns are very bad. Teachers constantly preach things like, “Only bad guys and the police have guns”, over and over and over and over again! These are the things we are taught to believe from a very young age growing up here in NYC. To reinforce these lessons we have these “gun free zones”, places where many of us fall victim to gun violence, despite these “gun free zone” signs. As a young man I was robbed at gun point, pistol whipped, used as a human shield in shootouts, and lost a few friends to gun violence. All in “gun free zones” and all reinforcing the “guns are bad” message that we are taught as children.
When registering to vote, as young, uninformed voters we will often wonder “What party should we support and why?” The answer is something like “Dude, you are from NYC, everyone here is a Democrat! You may not know it, but you are a Democrat, too”. Well, I guess they are right, my family is on welfare, we get section 8, we get the government cheese, so yeah, I guess we are Democrats. What do we know? This is what we are taught by our leaders from a very young age, so what are we to do? We just follow the herd, we vote Democrat.
Thank God for people like my friends conservative friends. These guys saw how my views were based simply on indoctrinated brainwashing, they took time out of their day and challenged my liberal views and my stance as a Democrat. Through respectful debate and intelligent dialogue with these folks here and there, I slowly realized that, though I have been voting Democrat my entire life, that my views are in fact leaning towards the right. Now here we are today, look at who I am writing for.
Enter the main topic of today’s discussion, Jim “I’m a buffoon” Carrey. I will admit I was a fan of Jim Carrey’s for a long time. I used to watch the show In Living Color when I was a kid. I’ve known of Jim Carrey since the old days of “Fire Marshall Bill”, but unless you grew up in the 80′s and lived in NYC then these names will not mean much to you. To us though, this was channel 5 prime time entertainment!
Point being that I was a fan and followed his career from a very young age. Not to mention that these shows also influenced my views back then. As a grown man with different views now, I’m sure you can imagine my frustration when Mr. Carrey decided to come out and start insulting gun owners. My reaction was something along the lines of “DUDE! What are you doing? I watched Ace Ventura. I’m a fan, but I also own a gun, bro. What gives?”
Recently our friends over at www.theblaze.com shared a post informing us that Carrey “apologized” for his comments. He says his views have not changed, but that he is sorry about his statements. I question the sincerity of that apology, in fact I think it is only a matter of time before he pops a gasket and goes nuts on one of the commenters mocking him for his so called “apology”.
Kickass 2? Burt Wonder-whatever? I have no interest in either of them now, no interest whatsoever. Sorry, Jim, you lost a few fans on this one. Even I know that there are things you don’t do when in the public eye, and I’m not anywhere near as big as Jim Carrey is. I’m relatively new to the “spotlight”, and I’m pretty much still a nobody, yet I have the common sense to know that I should not say certain things because of my growing visibility! Don’t these celebrities have entire departments of PR people that monitor what they do?
I recently discovered Vine , and I will admit that I have been getting a little carried away the last few days on there. In some cases I gave a post some deeper thought and I realized that I was pushing the limits too far even for an extreme comic. So I deleted those posts. Late last night, one of my fellow artists called me and advised me to drop a video from my Youtube channel because of the really bad quality and content.
My point is that there are people looking out for my image, I’m absolutely sure that someone in Carrey’s circle warned him about releasing this ridiculous project. Yet he released it anyway. That indicates to me that he simply didn’t care about offending us gun owners. I suppose that he didn’t think gun owners were fans, or that we would take notice or even care. Well, we noticed Jim, and those of us that were fans have moved on. You messed up and we can see right through your pathetic apology. Man up and own your view, don’t back down now, it’s too late.
Image: Jim Carrey; source: Flickr; author: Ian Smith from London, England; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license
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