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.
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.