SkeptiSys

April 6, 2008

It is now safe to take the gun from Charlton Heston’s hands

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — skeptisys @ 10:45 am

Charlton Heston primate love

Charlton Heston, who held a rifle over his head and scremed that his perceived 2nd amendment right to carry and own a gun would only be taken “from my cold dead hands!”, quietly let us know it was time to take his gun rights away.  The extremely vocal and popular actor died yesterday at the age of 83.

Heston spent over 50 years at the forefront of American culture, from his initial film stardom of the 1950’s in Ben Hur and the Ten Commandments to his unfortunate final years of hip replacement, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and being spokesman for the National Rifle Association (NRA).

For the younger generation, whose only exposure to Charlton Heston is through his emotional racist statements from Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine or his fierce words in defense of guns and weapons, it will be difficult to perceive that he actually fought against racism in the 1960’s.

Heston was always in the public spotlight because he was a tall imposing man who used his deep imposing voice to make strong statements with conviction.  Whenever he spoke, people listened, whether he lectured for racism or against it, for peace or against it.

I will always remember him fondly from his stunning performances in El Cid and Planet of the Apes, and I am truly sorry to see him go.   We are all damned dirty apes, and Charlton Heston was one of the leaders: “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”

Ape giving the finger

2 Comments »

  1. You may be right about establishing a link between two events.

    Charles Heston was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice.
    Planet of the Apes movie had interesting plot featuring famous Statue of Liberty discovery scene which, I thought, was quite powerful.

    Comment by Nikki — April 10, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

  2. Thanks for the comment Nikki. Planet of the Apes was one of the memorable movies of my childhood, even though I am as old as the original movie. Back then, before video playback was available in every home, movie theaters reran movies years after they were released. I might have even first seen it in a drive-in theater.

    Comment by skeptisys — April 11, 2008 @ 10:10 am


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