Jim Carrey thinks we should stop making jokes about Trump – for an important reason

Joanna Taylor
Friday 04 September 2020 08:45
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Jim Carrey thinks we should "all be seriously concerned" by the prospect of Trump's re-election in November.

Writing in The Atlantic, Carrey explained why now is not the time for jokes about the president.

I know that hearing a performer give voice to the things you’re thinking and feeling can be an enormous relief and that laughing hysterically at a willing fool is almost always good medicine.

But relying on jokes can sometimes cancel out the seriousness of what you’re trying to say. At this moment, the best anyone can offer is gallows humour. The truth is, we should all be seriously concerned.

He then went on to say that the US "faces catastrophe" if Trump is re-elected.

The United States faces catastrophe. That’s a word from my world—drama. In ancient Greek, katastrophḗ means “overturn,” or “a sudden turn.”

This is what we have suffered. Untold American lives have been ruined by the presidency of Donald Trump.

Carrey, who has long been an outspoken critic of Trump, also compared the president to Michael Corleone, the Mafia boss portrayed by Al Pacino in The Godfather trilogy.

Watching Trump accept the nomination of the Republican Party in the people’s house during a pandemic he exacerbated was like watching Michael Corleone swear a sacred oath while his underlings settled scores across the city.

He has parodied the president himself several times, most notably in his cartoons, but adopted a more serious tone in his Atlantic essay.

His frank appraisal of Trump's last four years in office might be his most blistering attack yet.

Too many Americans support Trump because he appeals to their basest and most primitive urges, through his racism, his misogyny, his mockery of the disabled, and his encouragement of violence during his campaign.

If you consider yourself a patriot, know full well that the direction the Republican Party has taken threatens to obliterate America’s once hopeful experiment in liberty.

Carrey ended his piece by urging "snowflakes" to vote in November.

In November, we must vote in historic numbers, gathering all the “snowflakes” until there’s a blizzard on Capitol Hill that no corrupt politician can survive. We must vote for decency, humanity, and a way of life that once again captures the imagination of kids all over the world—kids like me.

But he didn't mention any particular political candidate by name.

Trump recently said he thinks celebrities will secretly vote for him because they're "greedy". But clearly, some of them are genuinely opposed to a second Trump term.

Carrey believes people must rally together and direct their energy towards uprooting the "gluttonous aspiring monarch" from the White House.

For him, jokes can wait.

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