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Jim Carrey versus The Gun Lobby

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Jim Carrey certainly knows the media’s g-spot. His new Funny or Die video “Cold Dead Hands” can only be properly construed as a blistering yet brilliant attack on the gun lobby. If one doubts that simplefact– why would Carrey alienate a percentage of his audience? — one need only to venture into the Twittersphere. There, in under 140 characters apiece, Carrey quickly clarified his opinion on the gun lobby at the social network on the same day that the video dropped. “G’morning! Hope you’re enjoying Cold Dead Hand.FYI, my bodyguard doesn’t have a hundred rounds in his clip.I wish u all a bullet free day! ;^},” @JimCarrey tweeted, drawing immediate ire from the right-Twittersphere.

It is a risky move, clearly — one that could alienate him from a pro-gun audience, the NRA members around the country who potentially might go see the next Jim Carrey comedy. It is a particularly risky move considering that: a) Jim Carrey isn’t at a particularly high point in his comedic career at the moment, and b) Carrey is looking forward to a sequel to “Dumb and Dumber,” which could use some repeat business from most of the film’s original fans.

Already in the Twittersphere, Carrey is taking a bit of a beating (no surprise). Most of the political sites – including CNN’s Political Ticker – picked up the story. Comedian @greggutfeld, host of Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld on Fox — over 194,000 Twitter followers — immediately took to the Twittersphere, blasting Carrey. “Comparing @jimcarrey to Charlton Heston is like comparing a wart to the Sistine Chapel,” Gutfield tweeted, adding a YouTube video of Charlton Heston defending civil rights in the 60s. He added, “Would @jimcarrey ever do a video mocking gangs for all the gun-related homicides? No. his cowardly desire for acceptance prevents it.” Gutfield then spent the rest of Monday afternoon attacking Carrey. FoxNews contributor — do you see athe recurring theme? — and Townhall.com founder @KatiePavlich also voiced her displeasure on the microblogging site. @KatiePavlich tweeted, “You know what I love about Twitter? Elitist snobs like @jimcarrey get to be held accountable by the people they don’t think matter #2A.”

It didn’t stop there; it never does. Michelle Malkin — over 496,000 followers — who has an opinion on everything, chimed in. “#NewJimCarreyMovie: ‘Bruce Al-Gun-Grabby’ and other suggested hypocrite Jim Carrey films,” @michellemalkin tweeted. In this viral era, there are already video lambasting Carrey’s “hypocricy” from the right side of the American political spectrum. Human Events, an old school right site, also attacked Carrey.

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“Cold Dead Hands” is a brilliant send-up of 70s Western tough guy macho. The take on Sam Elliott at about 4:20 in is genius, with a smidgeon of gun control messaging. Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, John Lennon and Sam Elliott all appear in cameo in the video. But it is the macho, pro-guns, God-and-country type that takes the brunt of Carrey’s comedic venom (the video was written and directed by Charles Ingram and Nick Corirossi).

What is “Cold Dead Hands”? It is, in a sense, one of Carrey’s most ambitious, risky moves, one that could alienate him from the pro-gun constituency, but a move, in turn, that could take himtowards the edginess that his career has perhaps needed since its highlight in the 1990s. The video also smacks of the sort of comedic stunts that Andy Kaufman used to do, mocking his audience – confrontational. Carrey was – and is — a big fan of the highly experimental comedian Kauffman, who himself was a big fan of “professional wresting” as an entertainment form. Kauffman was intrigued by translating the wrestling formula of getting people to pay money to see the wrestlers they hate get beaten upinto the realm of comedy.

Is this a new Jim Carrey, propelled by the thus-far lackluster performance of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”? Am I being too cynical? That is the $64,000 question. But if it is, and we are witnessing a newer, edgier and more confrontational Jim Carrey, one that is not afraid to show a little bloodlust in his comedy, then I, for one, am all in. Go, Jim, go.

What did you think of “Cold Dead Hand”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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