This Friday, actor and comedian Jim Carrey received the British Academy’s Charlie Chaplin Award for Humor. But true to his style as of late, politics somehow found its way into his acceptance speech.
Holding the award, Carrey quipped, “I’m glad it didn’t come in the mail,” referring to the recent spate of explosive devices mailed to high-profile liberal figures by a crazed Trump supporter.
“Maybe a little soon,” Carrey acknowledged after getting some friendly side-eye from actress Kate Blanchett.
“I no longer have packages delivered to my home in the ‘great’ America that’s been fashioned in the last couple of years,” he continued. “I don’t remember it ever being this great, actually. Do you?”
Carrey praised Charlie Chaplin as his own personal “artistic and humanitarian hero,” and used his life to draw comparisons to current times.
Pointing out that Chaplin’s father wasn’t around and that his mother was committed to an insane asylum, Carry noted that a childhood like that can bring about pain that “turns some people, as we’ve seen lately, into monsters. And others into fountains of creativity.”
“[Chaplin] took on the American right wing of his day, its worst evils, hatred of immigrants, contempt for the truth, greed, and the abuse of power. We are fighting those same evils today,” he said, referring to the Trump administration.
Carrey went on to mention Trump’s normalization of inhumane immigration policies and conspiracy theories.
“Shamelessness is not nor will ever be a superpower. It is the mark of a villain. Kidnapping children is not what great nations do. Almost half of America at this moment believes there is a sinister deep state diabolically plotting to… what? Give them healthcare?”
“We in America are misinformed,” he continued.
“Reality shows have warped our idea of what a hero is, or what the truth is. So tonight I’d like to dedicate this award to those who remind us of our virtues, who remind us of the truth.”
Watch video of Carrey’s full acceptance speech below:
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