Movie actor and comedian Jim Carrey is being lauded by some for a very bizarre interview in which he appears to mock Hollywood's penchant for self-aggrandizement, but ends up saying nothing matters.
The interview with the 55-year-old movie star occurred at Fashion Week in New York City with E! News host Catt Sadler.
"Hey Jim Carrey," Sadler said, "I've covered a lot of Fashion Weeks, this is the first time I've run into Jim Carrey. Wait! Tell me, is it true you're wandering the streets you need a date to the party? What's up?
"No no, I'm doing just fine," Carrey responded. "I just uh, there's no meaning to any of this so I wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join, and uh and uh, here I am.
"I mean you gotta admit it's completely meaningless," he added.
"Well, they say they're celebrating icons inside do you believe in icons?" she asked.
"They're celebrating icons, boy," he responded, "that's the most lowest aiming you know possibility that we could come up with."
"I mean, do you believe in icons?" he asked her. "I believe in personalities. I don't believe that you exist, but I believe there's a wonderful fragrance in the air."
"You don't believe certain icons have the power to make change to think differently," she challenged him, "to be bold, to inspire others, artistry? You're one of them!"
"On the good foot! Hah!!" he exclaimed back, apparently quoting James Brown. "Shut her down now!"
"No, I don't believe in icons," he answered. "I don't believe in personalities. I believe that peace lies beyond personality, beyond invention in disguise. Beyond the red 'S' that you wear on your chest that makes bullets bounce off. I believe that it's deeper than that. I believe that we're a field of energy dancing for itself."
"But Jim you got really dressed up for the occasion. You look good. Is that an accident?" Sadler said, trying to get the interview back on track.
This Jim Carrey interview is great, not just for his answers but the poor interviewer trying to navigate through it. pic.twitter.com/ClNKzdBAZ7
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"I didn't get dressed up. There's no me," he said.
"There's no you, we're not here," she responded. "This is a dream?
"There's just things happening," he replied. "And there are clusters of tetrahedrons moving around together."
"So what's happening in our world right now," she said, "cuz there is a lot of news that actually is relevant that is not uplifting."
"Here's the thing, it's not our world," he responded.
"We're just passing through?" she asked.
"We don't matter, we don't matter," he exclaimed, "that's the good news!"
"OK!" she said, giving in.
How some are spinning Carrey's bizarre speech
Carrey is being applauded by many who say all he did was point out something many conservatives have been saying — there is little meaning in celebrity and the values of Hollywood are empty and vacuous.
But on the other hand, his quasi-philosophical musings seem out of place, and ineffective beyond their shock value. Yes, it's satisfying to see a Hollywood star tear down the veil that actors and celebrities have built up around themselves, but we need to do more than just tear each other down if we really want to heal America.