How is it that Jim Carrey can mock and demonize staunch gun-rights advocates on one day, and then star in 'Kickass 2' (with all the gun violence that entails) the next? Good question. The better question might be: "What does it feel like when you fall off a moral pedestal this size of the Empire State Building?"
How is it that Jim Carrey can mock and demonize staunch gun-rights advocates on one day, and then star in ‘Kick Ass 2’ (with all the gun violence that entails) the next? Good question. The better question might be: “What does it feel like when one falls off a moral pedestal this size of the Empire State Building?” If Jim looks within himself, he’ll be able to come up with the answer rather quickly.

How is it that a man who says incredibly mean things about gun rights activists can alternatively star in an ultra-violent movie like ‘Kick Ass 2’? And how is it that after getting paid for a movie that will (at least in his mind) perpetuate a culture of violence, he can then go on to drop his support of said film? The answer isn’t as complicated as one might think.

Jim Carrey Newtown

Jim Carrey Kickass 2 Tweet

Any1 who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting. (Jim Carrey, February 13, 2013, Twitter)

I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e (Jim Carrey, June 23, 2013. Twitter)

The problem with moral pedestals is that the higher we build them, the more it hurts when we fall off the edge. The reason for Mr. Carrey’s hypocrisy and confusion is predictable. He is fortunate enough to realize that humans can achieve a higher level of consciousness, but having arrived at such a place he now seems to find himself untethered to a specific spiritual discipline that can help him make sense of it all. Men who are on the first few legs of a spiritual journey might want to think twice before using shotgun criticism towards their opponents.

There are many ways to have such an awakening, and it appears as though Mr. Carrey’s path included exposure to Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now.” And that is where, in this case, the problem comes in.

Jim Carrey on his spiritual awakening:

I saw that I was bigger than what I do, I was bigger than my body. I was everything and everyone. I was no longer a fragment of the universe — I was the universe. And ever since that day I’ve been trying to get back there. (Jim Carrey, 2009. G.A.T.E. Inaugural Event)

If we are all part of one universal consciousness, why is Jim Carrey’s vision for a Second Amendment-free world any more or less legitimate than the guy who wants a rifle in every home? If Carrey sees himself as “everything and everyone” then why would he say that gun advocates who (rightly) feared a wave of legislation in the wake of the Newton massacre have “little in their soul worth protecting”? And when Universal Jim says such mean and hateful things, isn’t he unconsciously taking jabs at himself (just like he did in ‘Liar Liar)?

Jim’s problem seems to be an over-abundance of pride (or was that insecurity?) and a dearth of empathy.

Whose vision of the world is righteous and just? Jim’s, apparently. So much so that if you disagree with him, he’ll take to ‘Funny or Die’ to mock you as a slack-jawed hick who will fire his AR-15 at anyone with pigmentation that doesn’t look like coconut milk.

If Jim Carrey tapped into the universe that was inside Cosmic Jim he’d find planets of empathy. From there, he could use it all to realize that guns are not inherently evil and that good men and women who bear arms are capable of protecting innocents from bad men who do the same.

As it stands, the actor now subscribes to the same mindset as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose anti-gun group recently included cop killer Christopher Dorner, Boston terrorist Tamerlan Tsarvaev and a slew of other criminals on a memorial list of those killed by gun violence. (They apologized and called it an “error” after the ensuing outrage.) It’s a view that creates a dangerous moral relativism, one where the cops are no different than the murderers they protect us from. It’s sick, and it stems from people who say things along the lines of, “there is no right and wrong, good or bad … only ‘the now’.”

I respect Jim Carrey for the distance his spiritual journey has taken him, but I do not respect how he has often tried to enlist others to join him. Telling someone you disagree with that they have “little left in their body or soul worth protecting” is rather repugnant. The next time Jim thinks of making a video mocking gun-rights activists or conservatives or any other group he disagrees with, perhaps it would be best if he once again looked inside himself; he tends to shoot himself in the foot when he’s ridiculing others.

Here we have Jim Carrey in 2009 telling an audience that we are all connected on a spiritual level. Only a few years later Jim would then go on to tell his fellow souls that theirs (and by extension his) was not worth protecting. D'oh!
Here we have Jim Carrey in 2009 telling an audience that we are all connected on a spiritual level. Only a few years later Jim would then go on to tell his fellow souls that theirs (and by extension his) included little worth protecting. D’oh!
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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

20 comments

  1. Yeah, he’s an idiot, to be sure. Then again…. I’ve never been a big fan of his movies.

    I’d say that in reality, he’s trying to avoid any and all questioning about the “humor” video he made for funnyfordie.com, which is run by another leftist actor (Will Ferrell) who has made some movies that I’ve actually enjoyed (The Other Guys being the most recent example of that).

    1. If the goal of the actor is to get the audience to believe they’re a specific character — to get us to be temporarily transported to a different world on film — then I think they should shy away from political activism. There are certain actors who are so outspoken (e.g., Sean Penn) that I can no longer watch their movies without a part of me thinking of all the ridiculous statements they make.

    2. Same here, Doug. There’s a whole group of celebrities whose movies I will not see because of their asinine political statements. Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, etc.

    3. If someone is liberal, I’ll still see their movie. I can agree to disagree with someone like Brad Pitt. But then you have someone like Sean Penn, who wished “rectal cancer” on people who disagreed with him. Once an actor gets into that realm of mean-spiritedness I’m done with them.

    1. I thought he was good in ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.’ I’d say he did a pretty good job with ‘Man on the Moon.’ It’s just bizarre to me how so many actors and entertainers can spout off and then act surprised when they get push-back.

    2. I’ll still see movies that have liberals in it, too. Hell, most of the Avengers cast are outspoken liberals and I still love that movie. I agree about the mean-spiritedness of people like Penn. I have not, nor will I ever, watch any of his movies. The only movie with him that I like is Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but that was primarily because of Phoebe Cates. 😉

    3. It takes quite a bit to get me to basically say “I will not pay to see this man’s work,” but Sean Penn managed to get me to go there. Michael Moore is the same way.

      If it wasn’t for Christopher Nolan, I would have refrained from the last Batman flick after Morgan Freeman went on a weird rant accusing people who want a more-limited government of being racists, etc. That was a tough call.

    4. Same here. I almost thought about not seeing it after that. I was disappointed with Freeman when he said that. He’s pretty disconnected from reality if that’s what he believes. Also, I remember how he didn’t want to be judged by the color of his skin but after Obama was elected, he started throwing around the race card around.

  2. Wow such powerful statements…have you not seen a hypocrite before (bad joke). I find it funny that everything is fine when it gives them a paycheck they after they shift their beliefs. I strongly believe that entertainers should stay out of politics and I believe even stronger that people should not listen to them.

    1. I know people were asking him online if he was going to give back his paycheck, donate it, etc. As far as I know that hasn’t happened yet. At this point he almost has to do something along those lines if he wants to keep a shred of credibility on the issue.

      If I wanted to know about comedy, I’d talk to Jim Carrey. When I want to hear someone who has thought long and hard about issues pertaining to the rights enshrined the Declaration of Independence and codified into law by the Constitution … he is definitely not on my short list.

      He’s so confused that he doesn’t even see how his own philosophy, if followed, would lead him to get rid of his irrational fear of guns. The more he fears them — the more he fights them — the more monsters he creates.

  3. I sometimes think they make statements just for the attention and keeping that in mind they are going to try to appeal to what they think the majority wants so that they side with them. I feel that in his case he is just trying to stay relevant and stir attention to get better box office results. Look at how much the the last few movies he has done have earned compared to his other movies I think that may give some insight into the situation.

    1. Oh, there’s definitely truth to that. One of the last gasps of a person desperately trying to stay relevant is to attack conservatives these days. Make an outlandish statement that gets you a few interviews and some digital pats on the back … yes, that’s definitely at play with a number of celebrities.

  4. I really didn’t see any hypocrisy here. Carey did the movie before the massacre and had a subsequent change of heart. While I don’t agree with his new political viewpoints, I do applaud him for standing up for what he believes in. Even though I don’t share his viewpoints. I could care less the politics of actors I see in movies, because a) I don’t watch their movies for their politics and b) I avoid listening to them outside of the cinema.

    Some stars do great work sometimes. Pitt championing New Orleans, and Jolie’s stint as UN Goodwill Ambassador come to mind. Dwayne Johnson has taken up a lot of good causes lately. Tons of stars helped with NO and the SE Asia flood relief. Clooney has really gone out of his way for Darfur. While I don’t agree with all they do and say, I do think using their star-power for good is a good thing. Lifting others up is better than tearing someone down, so I agree that many of them, for a lot of reasons, should not be so negative and castigate others’ beliefs and politics.

    At least Carey has Stallone beat in the integrity department. Rambo’s truly full of shit. Few give him grief for attending anti-gun dinners while making crazy bank off The Expendables 1, 2, and soon to be 3.

    1. The difference between Carrey and Stallone is that Stallone doesn’t say incredibly mean things about people he disagrees with. As I’ve said before, we’re all hypocrites on some level — we’re all imperfect works of art — but guys like Jim Carrey draw our eyes to those imperfections through their actions. I like Stallone, but I’ve never seen a controversy stirred up because of comments he made about his own fans. The same can not be said for Carrey.

      ‘Dumb and Dumber’ is pure genius, and I don’t care what anyone else says. I thought ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ was absolutely brilliant and incredibly thought provoking. But then he goes and takes a huge dump on all the good will I have for him by essentially saying my soul has “little worth protecting.” I did not buy a gun after Newtown, but I don’t begrudge those who did. I do not own an AR-15, but my friend just got one. Does that make him a despicable person? According to Jim Carrey, yes.

      So the question is, how can I watch an actor’s movies and be fully immersed in the film when certain individuals seem to go out of their way to lash out at me? The answer is: I can’t. I wish more actor’s would take that into consideration, but I guess when you’re surrounded by people who tell you how awesome you are all day it warps your mind.

    2. If I were a celebrity, I’d keep my mouth shut about political matters, as I’ve mentioned in the past. That isn’t to say that I wouldn’t donate money to causes I supported, but I’d keep it on the down low. I figure if I interacted with fans, they’d want to know about my work and not about my politics.

    3. I also wouldn’t want freaks to send death threats to my future girlfriend and/or wife, either, although I suppose that there’s always a few members of fandom who have a few screws loose. Apparently “Sherlock” actor Martin Freeman’s wife Amanda Abbington received death threats from fans for simply being cast as Watson’s fiancee on the show.

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