Jim Carrey Continues Comeback
The actor/comedian posted several new ‘works of art’ on his Twitter page over the past week, as his heart shrinks another size and a half
12/28/18, 5:15 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from Universal Pictures
Hearts come in all shapes and sizes. In the words of the amiable Dr. Seuss: “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”
I like Jim Carrey.
Between Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, The Truman Show, The Mask, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Carrey was probably my favorite comedic actor of them all when I was a kid, and he still is, for the most part (or; Sandler’s always been close (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, Big Daddy; stfu)). His politics, lately, tend to go a little off, but he’s entitled to his opinion, and I’m glad he’s saying it. Everyone has an opinion; people should get the fuck over it that celebrities may use their power to say what’s on their minds the same way any of us would (being pretentious about it is another matter, which we’ll get to), and we should all feel absolutely comfortable sharing it /> because how else would we really know what anyone is thinking? We can make fun as much as George Carlin, but it takes balls to say what you really think, and it shouldn’t affect fans’ reactions to the art of artists, if the person in question is an artist. There’s an inherent separation between the two, art and artist, product and producer (they’re two different things, basically), and even within those opinions themselves, there is no guarantee that such opinions can’t change in the future. There’s no point in getting pissed off about it. These are still people we’re talking about.
No; it’s 2018, dumbass.
Much of what we’re seeing in the age of the Trump presidency is similar to what we’ve seen regarding all other presidencies, however nuanced or with the stakes so potentially high: shit’s complicated. Trump is obviously different when it comes specifically to the state of the country right now, as well as, of course, how he became president (populism), but at the end of the day this is just like every other time one of the only two teams won the presidency: some people just aren’t people is still a proposition that can be quantified as a question, if morals are in any way on the table.
Carrey’s tweets and paintings mocking the woman in charge of the DHS, the president’s press secretary, and the secretary of the treasury (while some of them kind of funny /> just as some of President Trump’s trolls are kind of funny (if taken from a certain perspective)) during a government shutdown, no matter how partisan, are acceptable under the first amendment.
They’re subjective ‘works of art’ and as such have some value, even if it’s not something you or I am going to get right off the bat. Moreover, they’re clearly a source of relief for the person who made them. Anything to help you through the day, dude, so long as you’re not physically hurting anyone, or calling for anyone else to, I’m all for it.
However, they’re (Carrey’s tweets and paintings) are also divisive, hateful, and ill-timed.
Ill-timed in the sense that the country is more divided than it has been in some time, and how there seems to be no way out of it. We need people coming together on this shit; that’s the only way anything will be ‘solved’ at this point, if ‘solving’ ‘this’, or whatever ‘this’ is, is calming people down so they blow themselves up out of sheer stress. This pan-handling on the part of liberals cowering in the face of the obviously inevitable recognition that they’re not the only people on the planet or in the country only gives conservatives more ammo to stay partisan and produce only more divisive rhetoric. You want to talk shit on Trump’s way of speaking and the things he advocates for (while only looking into one side of it?), you’re only hurting your own credibility by pulling shit like this, or: by holding onto it so stringently.
Again, Jim Carrey can do what he wants, and I do personally find some of his new shit funny (his Showtime show looked pretty good). But it’s far more overpowered by the hate inherent in it. Laughing is hard when you’re that angry, and if you’re that angry, is it even ‘laughing’ that you’re doing? Or jerking yourself off–
I don’t like Trump any more than the next reasonable comedy enthusiast (reasonable (in this case): people who recognize that the most dangerous thing regarding presidents (or any leaders) is the masses’ seemingly natural and unavoidable tendency to deify them), and I have my problems with how shit is going right now, but my relief comes from talking to people who disagree with me and trying to understand something I currently apparently don’t yet understand.
Because to be ‘good’ means to want
Try stealing that one from under my tree (tiny-hearted bastard).
Good luck stealing that from under my tree (tiny-hearted bastard)…