Jim Carrey (Gary MIller/FilmMagic)
The 51-year-old put out a statement on Friday alleging that the cable news channel had “viciously” slandered him via its coverage of the Funny or Die video he released earlier this week, titled “Cold Dead Hand,” that pokes fun at the late former NRA president Charlton Heston and gun enthusiasts.
In the statement, the “Liar, Liar” actor continually refers to the network as “Fux News” and says he would “take them to task legally if I felt they were worth my time or that anyone with a brain in their head could actually for fall for such irresponsible buffoonery.”
In the video, which was posted this week, Carrey portrays both Heston and a country singer who mocks Heston and accuses him of trying to compensate for a certain, er, small body part with guns. Carrey has continued to tweet about the issue throughout the week, posting comments like “Gun control is not a class war being waged by the so called liberal elite and even if it was the best weapon isn't an AR-15. It's a book! ;^}” on Wednesday, and touting the fact “Cold Dead Hand” had 1.3 million views as of Friday.
As for what Fox News pundits have been saying about Carrey and the video that prompted his press release: “He is probably the most pathetic tool on the face of the Earth and I hope his career is dead, and he ends up sleeping in a car the way his life began,” host Greg Gutfield implored on the network’s nightly show “The Five” this week. “This video only made me want to go out and only buy a gun. He thinks this is biting satire and going after rural America and a dead man.”
Another conservative Fox contributor, Laura Ingram, also bashed Carrey, reminding viewers that his latest flick, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” was a box-office bomb and insisting that the video was meant to deflect from his “cold, dead career. Carrey has not been funny since, I don’t know, ‘The Truman Show.’”
Carrey, meanwhile, made it clear in Friday’s statement that he wasn’t taking anything Fox staffers had to say seriously. “Fux News is a last resort for kinda-sorta-journalists whose options have been severely limited by their extreme and intolerant views; a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams.”
Fox News has not yet responded to requests for comment.
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