A Jim Carrey photo being auctioned to fund guns has been reinstated on eBay

The actor angered the far-right with an anti-NRA sketch, and the online auction site got caught in the mix

Published April 2, 2013 4:31AM (EDT)

Jim Carrey provoked the NRA last week when he released an anti-gun parody of Charlton Heston's "Cold Dead Hand" speech, singing, "Charlton Heston movies are no longer in demand, and his immortal soul may lay forever in the sand/The angels wouldn’t take him up to heaven like he planned ’cause they couldn’t pry that gun from his cold dead hand." Since then, Carrey has been at war with the gun enthusiasts, the NRA and Fox News over gun control. eBay is now involved in the row, as the online auction yanked an autographed photo of Carrey after discovering that the seller intended to use it to buy a gun. Now, however, eBay has reissued the listing for the sale.

The Guardian reports:

"The eBay listing by 'astrobuzz' was laced with anti-Carrey rhetoric, and also mentioned a recent crime to which the user claimed he had been victim. The seller said he wanted to auction off the photograph to raise money for a firearm to help him protect his family. Bids had reached $860 before eBay pulled the auction temporarily last week. Other eBay users have since followed suit, with one promising to send proceeds from sales of Carrey Blu-Ray discs to the NRA and an organisation that sends care packages to members of the US military.

The 'Cold Dead Hand' skit has seen Carry vilified in the US right-wing media, but the actor does not seem all that bothered. On Friday he released a statement describing Fox News as a 'media colostomy bag' after host Greg Gutfeld called Carrey 'the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth', and added: 'I hope his career is dead.'"

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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