On Saturday night, comedian and actor Jim Carrey accepted the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. During his acceptance speech, he covered American politics in its current, precarious state.
‘Thank you so much, that [standing ovation] was very convincing. I approve of the entire illusory manifestation. I’m glad it didn’t come in the mail. It kinda worked, it kinda worked, maybe be a little soon. It is my job to try. Sorry. Yes, I no longer have packages delivered to my home in the great America fashioned in the last couple of years. I don’t ever remember it being this great, actually.’
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— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 19, 2018
Carrey cited Chaplin as one of his heroes and role models, mentioning that he was born into poverty and grew up with no father in the home.
‘And that kind of pain turns some people, as we’ve seen lately, into monsters. And others into fountains of creativity.’
“Make no mistake, these terrorists were encouraged and emboldened by the hate speech of Donald Trump. If you can’t see the clear menace of this man’s influence by now then you are a part of it.” – @JimCarrey https://t.co/p37QBAMLFZ #Resist #Vote
— Democratic Coalition (@TheDemCoalition) October 28, 2018
Noting that Chaplin criticized “capitalism without conscience,” Carry said that it was up to the good citizens of the world, whether those citizens are actors or comedians or anything else, to stand up to the tyranny and injustice that is a Donald Trump presidency.
‘We need to be clear: Shamelessness is not, and will never 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?’
— The Hill (@thehill) October 28, 2018
Taking even more aim at Trump, Carrey dedicated his award to Charlie Chaplin, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Trump dossier researcher and writer Christopher Steele, Colin Kaepernick, and Robert De Niro.
‘We in America are misinformed. Reality shows have warped our idea of what a hero is, or what 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.’
"If you can’t see the clear menace of this man’s influence by now, then you are a part of it." https://t.co/GAsHhVJhwC
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) October 27, 2018
He apologized for the seriousness of his speech but noted that it was warranted in today’s political climate.
‘I know this wasn’t funny, but it’s not very funny right now. But I want it to be, and I will be again, but God damn it! Let’s get the balance back, okay?’
See the full speech below:
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