Jim Carrey has issued an apology via his Twitter for insulting assault-rifle owners across the United States and calling them “bullies” and “thugs”.
“Asslt rifle fans, I do not agree wth u,nor do I fear u but I do love u and I’m sorry tht I called you names. That was wrong”
The motivation behind that actor’s apology is not a change in his position on the issue of gun control, however, and Canadian-born Carrey remains strong in his personal stance, as he later added:
“Btw, I don’t need a crisis mgr, just a conscience. Calling ppl names is inappropriate but my position on assault weapons hasn’t changed.”
Carrey has remained outspoken as a proponent of gun control, most notably in a Funny Or Die skit entitled ‘Cold Dead Hand’. Carrey has also denounced the ‘level of violence’ in his upcoming film Kick-Ass 2.
At the time the comic, who plays Col. Stars and Stripes in the sequel, tweeted: “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence… My apologies to others [involved] with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.”
Carrey also spoke out in a blogpost for The Huffington Post, writing: "To the bullies who will try to marginalise and discredit me by saying, ‘Shut up, you’re just an actor’ – while they brag about what a great president the ACTOR Ronald Reagan was – who threaten me with the demise of my acting career and much worse, I say SO BE IT! How shallow do they think I am? I would trade my money, my fame, my reputation and legacy if there were the slightest chance of preventing the anguish of another Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora or Sandy Hook elementary school. I ask you, truly, what manner of human being would not? …These thugs, though menacing, are a minority but they will have their way if good people don’t step forward now and make a difference."
The 51-year-old went on to claim “these horrific events are also an invitation for us to become more civilized and to deal with out addiction and entitlement to violence. Not to shut our eyes and ears and scream at those with a different opinion to ours to ‘fuck off and go back to Canada’”
Carrey clearly feels very passionately about the ongoing debate over gun control laws, but doesn’t see that as a reason to forget his manners!