I will say this much: Give Jim Carrey credit for the kind of career shift he’s trying to make.
On one end, he’s mining late-period crazy-actor Peter Sellers territory, insisting, according to the U.K. Metro, that Jim Carrey as a person “does not really exist” and is instead merely “ideas,” among other interesting musings on himself.
On the other end, this same individual wants to be taken seriously as a political voice and artist. He may be just “ideas,” but these ideas can paint really horrific portraits of administration officials and, as the U.K. Daily Mail reported, Carrey can go on talk shows to call President Trump a Nazi and say that, “If there is one more term, then you’re going to see flat-out, in-your-face fascism.”
Look out, world — the bundle of ideas responsible for “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” and “Yes Man” has something to say.
Among those things that Carrey wants to say is that socialism is a good thing.
“We have to say yes to socialism — to the word and everything,” Carrey said on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday.
“We have to stop apologizing.”
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) September 8, 2018
So, what does a man with a reported net worth of about $150 million know about socialism — particularly since he’s made most of that money in the very capitalist land of the free and the home of the brave? (Yes, he’s from Canada, but, eh — it’s not like it’s Cuba or anything.)
Maria Elvira Salazar, the Cuban-American Republican candidate for Florida’s 27th Congressional District, says Carrey knows very little about the privations of socialism — as, in fact, do most of its supporters in the United States.
In an appearance on “Fox & Friends” this weekend, Salazar, who is running to represent much of Miami, savaged Carrey and others on the left when asked “why so many people on the political left are talking about how great socialism would be.”
“Because they have no idea whatsoever what they’re talking about,” Salazar said.
“I would invite anybody, including Mr. Carrey and Mr. (Bernie) Sanders, to go to Cuba for one week,” she continued. “Live with a Cuban family, with no water or electricity sometimes during the day. Not having a car, not having dollars, and living without air conditioning.
“And in a week, they will really figure out what socialism looks like.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 11, 2018
What’s most disturbing about all of these individuals advocating for socialism on the left is that the loudest, richest voices are probably immune to ever experiencing its privations in a way normal people would.
If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes president of the United States some day, with a Congress full of socialist clones, people like Jim Carrey, Cynthia Nixon and Susan Sarandon will all have safe ways to hide their millions in places that aren’t socialist and have banking laws that protect private property.
It’s the normal people — the very people Jim Carrey told to not be afraid of socialism, and who don’t have access to ways in which capital can be hidden — who will end up paying for everything.
Meanwhile, you can entertain yourself imagining a broke Jim Carrey walking the streets of Havana, trying to get along without air conditioning, electricity or water, much less limo service.
My guess is that this wad of mere “ideas” will find the very corporeal struggle in Cuba a bit much for his tastes.
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