No matter what side of the political debate you may find yourself on, it's hard to deny that we live in very sensitive times. Almost every joke one could make has to be internally scrutinized before being said and, depending on who you ask, this is either a case of political correctness gone mad or a progressive sign of the changing times. However, if comedian Jim Carrey had his way, there would be no limits to what people could make a joke out of because he believes that literally everything should be made fun of when it comes to comedy.
Jim Carrey Doesn't Believe In Holding Back
When spotted by Entertainment Weekly at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (#TIFF) where he was promoting his latest documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, Carey shared what he learned about comedy from the late Andy Kaufman - who he portrayed in the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon.
"It was completely him [Andy Kaufman] saying, ‘No matter what we take seriously, it doesn’t matter ... Playing your part matters, but ultimately, everything should be made fun of.'"
But even if #JimCarrey thinks that nothing should be kept safe from a comedian's wit, he also believes that the jokes one tells an audience should have some personal meaning. For the star of long-time favorites such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Truman Show, comedy is all about expressing a person's true self and opinions, regardless of the material and situation at hand.
"There’s all these avatars that come through and break down doors of expectation and perception. There are the people that go out on a limb and go, ‘I have no idea if this is acceptable or not. It doesn’t matter because it’s art.’ It’s certainly more interesting than sitting and eating chips and watching the news. It’s pure expression."
In lieu of these statements, it should be noted that Carrey defended controversial comics like Kathy Griffin when she posted the now infamous photo of herself holding the (fake) bloodied, severed head of American president Donald Trump. On the matter, Carrey believed that Griffin did nothing wrong, as she was just doing her job as a comedian.
"I think it is the job of a comedian to cross the line at all times — because that line is not real. If you step out into that spotlight and you’re doing the crazy things that [Donald Trump] is doing, we’re the last line of defense. And really, the comedians are the last voice of truth in this whole thing."
Earlier this week, the star of Bruce Almighty and The Mask showed his existentialist side when he said that "there is no me" when asked about why he showed up at the New York Fashion Week.
"Celebrating icons, boy that’s just the lowest-aiming possibility we could come up with. It’s like, ‘icons.’ Do you believe in icons? I believe in personalities. I don’t believe that you exist... I believe it’s deeper than that. I believe we’re a field of energy dancing for itself and uh, I don’t care."
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