Video: Carrey gets serious

posted at 10:41 am on August 29, 2007 by Allahpundit

I was going to call this “Carrey plays against type” but given his fondness for melodramas in recent years, I guess this is his type now. A good cause and Hollywood-friendly insofar as U.S. involvement with Burma is minimal so Suu Kyi’s supporters can’t be accused of doing the Devil’s bidding. Given that she’s a symbol for popular rule thwarted by dictatorship, this is as close as we’re going to get to a celeb publicly endorsing a plank of Bush’s foreign policy.

He really does need to do something about the hair, though.

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Jesus hair.

Mindcrime on August 29, 2007 at 10:44 AM

Blech. (Haven’t watched yet, but thought I’d say what my first reaction was – mostly to the hair.)

tickleddragon on August 29, 2007 at 10:48 AM

Free Tibet! but don’t actually do anything about it that would piss off the Chinese. Save Darfur! by wearing a beige plastic wrist bracelets. Save Suu Kyi! by giving this video a five star rating and adding it to your youtube favorites section.

Savage on August 29, 2007 at 10:53 AM

Nice to hear Jim speak out against political oppression. Someone remind me again…what is the diff between political oppression and political correctness?

PatrickS on August 29, 2007 at 10:53 AM

Somebody needs to find a barber to buzz that thing off his head.

Bad Candy on August 29, 2007 at 10:54 AM

I think people of a certain political persuasion often choose to champion “safe” causes like this as compensation for their unforgivable support (or was it called “understanding”) for Islamism, and before that, communism. It kind of gives them cover.

Halley on August 29, 2007 at 10:55 AM

HE cares so much, that he begs others to do something to stop the problem. Because he really wants to be able to go to the third-world and admire the poor brown people without worrying about icky oppressive governments bringing you down.

Neo on August 29, 2007 at 10:58 AM

I wish these celebrities would protest something real, like the UN, otherwise they should stick to what they do best, acting.

4shoes on August 29, 2007 at 10:59 AM

I am honestly touched by Mr. Carrey’s appeal, and I plan to do my part by buying a Burmese kitten.

RushBaby on August 29, 2007 at 11:00 AM

But I thought WE were the big bad evil regime that is hated by everyone in the world? Surely, there’s no place worse!

Tru2my2 on August 29, 2007 at 11:02 AM

I can’t make uscampaignforburma.org add up to 23 no matter how I fudge it.

saint kansas on August 29, 2007 at 11:06 AM

I can’t take Jim seriously on anything even when the situation calls for it. I keep expecting a punch line. Even the way he pronounces her name is funny. He laments about his cause and I get flashbacks of “Pet Detective”.

Guardian on August 29, 2007 at 11:07 AM

I wish these celebrities would protest something real

I agree, I hate celeb righteousness, but the oppression and brutality in Burma is real. This ain’t global warming folks, it’s closer to Rwanda.
If this gets some notice, it’s a good thing.

SouthernDem on August 29, 2007 at 11:07 AM

Yeah, good for him. This is real, not the imagined bullshit that Hollyweird is usually about. The lack of political freedom and economic opportunity are the things that separate a Burmese kid and a Nigerian kid and a Haitian kid from a Philly kid.

And that can be fixed.

Jaibones on August 29, 2007 at 11:11 AM

Snark again. C’mon folks, add another track to your mind.
I appreciate anyone speaking out for human rights, and looking to help other people.

Doug on August 29, 2007 at 11:15 AM

Did they “crop out” his male-pattern baldness? Is there anything left up top? (debatable on may levels)

Who framed this shot? Must have been the same people involved with Carey’s last SEVERAL commercial flops.

ej_pez on August 29, 2007 at 11:16 AM

I appreciate anyone speaking out for human rights, and looking to help other people.

Doug on August 29, 2007 at 11:15 AM

Nothing inherently wrong with that, but I could take it more seriously if his appeal was to the UN, rather than coming across as just another “raising awareness” effort that seems to give liberals self-assurance that they are good people.

RushBaby on August 29, 2007 at 11:18 AM

Why does he have to do something about the hair? Being in the movie business someone must always be fiddling with his hair — cut, trim, dye, highlight, spray, gel, mouse, wash, rinse, repeat. Probably, not having someone messing with it is a luxury.

Blake on August 29, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Snark again. C’mon folks, add another track to your mind.
I appreciate anyone speaking out for human rights, and looking to help other people.

Doug on August 29, 2007 at 11:15 AM

I was just thinking that. Well said, I obviously agree.

Spirit of 1776 on August 29, 2007 at 11:26 AM

I agree, I hate celeb righteousness, but the oppression and brutality in Burma is real. This ain’t global warming folks, it’s closer to Rwanda.
If this gets some notice, it’s a good thing.

SouthernDem on August 29, 2007 at 11:07 AM

Absolutely correct. Well said SouthernDem.

Snark again. C’mon folks, add another track to your mind.
I appreciate anyone speaking out for human rights, and looking to help other people.

Doug on August 29, 2007 at 11:15 AM

Doug, thank you. After reading the comments above I felt like saying the same thing. Let’s give credit where credits due. He’s talking about a real problem. He’s talking about something that could very well be written about on this very site.

Zetterson on August 29, 2007 at 11:27 AM

Burma? I thought it was myanmar.

lorien1973 on August 29, 2007 at 11:33 AM

Snarking is how one insulates ones’ self from feeling emotions that might lead to some kind of productive action. Emotion motivates, reason solves the problem.

captivated_dem on August 29, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Burma? I thought it was myanmar.

They tried that for a while, but “Myanmar Shave” never caught on. Kinda like New Coke.

Pablo on August 29, 2007 at 11:36 AM

If this gets some notice, it’s a good thing.

That’s the problem, though, isn’t it? This is all about “notice” – it is nothing about solving a problem.

According to Wiki, the leaders of the country already denied the UN’s demands to free her and have detained her for about 4 years now or something.

So, what’s next? Military action? Do you really think Carrey or anyone would support that? Of course not.

While the problem exists, they get attention for bringing “notice” to it, but would not support anything that’d actually bring it to a close. As AP said, it’s safe; or cowardly. Depending on how you look at it.

lorien1973 on August 29, 2007 at 11:41 AM

Who is that, ex-professor Churchill’s brother?

Wade on August 29, 2007 at 11:47 AM

At least this cause Jim Carrey’s doing an PSA for is not just a strawman. But how much is he doing behind the scenes I wonder?

mram on August 29, 2007 at 11:53 AM

But I thought WE were the big bad evil regime that is hated by everyone in the world? Surely, there’s no place worse!

Tru2my2 on August 29, 2007 at 11:02 AM

Could have been worse. Carrey could have been stumping for idiots like the “Human Right’s Campaign” and talking about the evils of Bushreich. The hair IS awful though. Which was good for me, because my initial thought was “Not you Carrey! You haven’t sold yourself to the left like Robin Williams has, have you?” I hate it when the comedians and actors I actually like become tools of the left. Who gives a flying *#%$ what Baldwin or Clooney think?

BKennedy on August 29, 2007 at 11:55 AM

I agree, I hate celeb righteousness, but the oppression and brutality in Burma is real. This ain’t global warming folks, it’s closer to Rwanda.
If this gets some notice, it’s a good thing.

SouthernDem on August 29, 2007 at 11:07 AM

I believe it is real, and I don’t begrudge anyone bringing attention to horrible situations… but isn’t it the UN’s job to actually do something about these genocides and atrocities?? If the celebrities want to bring attention to something like this, why can’t they commit and go the whole way and bring attention also to the fact that the UN does absolutely nothing, time and again!!?? That’s what bothers me, it seems like the celebs get a little extra air time for themselves and look good doing it, but they’re unable to use their status to actually get much done.
Maybe I am a bit too cynical.

4shoes on August 29, 2007 at 12:01 PM

I just read Saving Fish From Drowning, by Amy Tan, earlier this summer. I had no idea the situation in Burma was so awful, before that. Good to see someone else getting interested.

(And you guys are just jealous that Jenny McCarthy likes his hair.)

Tanya on August 29, 2007 at 12:02 PM

You just like the long-haired dudes, when all people of taste and discretion know it’s the bald-ish dudes who are really hot.

Allahpundit on August 29, 2007 at 12:05 PM

lorien1973 on August 29, 2007 at 11:41 AM

lorien, I get what you’re saying and you brought up an important piece of the puzzle when you made reference to the UN demands being ignored but I’m not so sure about your overall point. Everything has to start with notice. Especially in our Constitutional Republic. It probably won’t happen, but if enough people take notice that will lead to Presidential candidates having to explain what they think about this situation in debates and appearances accross the country. Once that happens it will become a campaign issue and that usually leads to results once the candidate is elected to office. Will that happen? I’m not sure, probably not considering the abundance of pertinent issues we currently have brewing this election cycle, but it has to start somewhere.

I do think some of the comments above are a little unfair though. The complaint that he’s talking about X when he should be talking about Y seems hollow. And to question his intentions is definitely uncalled for in this case.

Zetterson on August 29, 2007 at 12:07 PM

This is exactly like the “Free Tibet” movement for the Glitteratti. Like Tibet, they are going to make this happen by simply talking about justice and emanating good-vibes until the government changes its mind. Let no-one suggest that force might ever be necessary to affect such a change. All the people I know who have “Free Tibet” bumper stickers are pacifists.

And there was a little pause in one of Carrey’s phrases, where I’ve inserted what I believe he was thinking, putting this into the standard Hollywood mold: “That same military force (just like Bush) has destroyed over 3000 villages…”

eeyore on August 29, 2007 at 12:08 PM

Why has Wal-Mart locked her away?

Well, I guess when Wal-Mart tells you to make bicycles for 1 dollar a a day you had better do it.

TheSitRep on August 29, 2007 at 12:11 PM

Who framed this shot?

Someone who thought they might put pictures of atrocities or a phone number/web address/whatever in that space?

The Monster on August 29, 2007 at 12:21 PM

The minute we send our heros over to free the Burmese, WE will be the facist oppressor (according to the MSM/Left/Commies).

Let’s not fall for that trap again. The libs need to find some other counry to fix this one.

AZCON on August 29, 2007 at 12:24 PM

I choose to fight reglatiation!!!

(It’s a unique and under-served cause and I really, really, really care!!!)

landlines on August 29, 2007 at 12:42 PM

So is he sitting on his crapper with a shower curtain in the background?

I hate when funny people have to show that they can be serious. A true sign of what geniuses old time comedians were has to do that they stayed comedians and made America laugh. Todays comedian has to portray a mass murderer, tragic figure or depressing character to scratch some self centered itch. Ace Ventura is tough to take after having to watch this guy in depressing roles.

It’s like good singers that have to play guitar poorly at a concert, or good guitar players that make you suffer with their vocals.

Look Ma, I’m being depressing.

Hening on August 29, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Why doesn’t he use his talent to make comedies (wasted for years now) that are funny, then take all of the profits he would earn and fund this effort that way?

Magic Johnson would make a lousy jockey.

Jim Carrey makes a less than convincing Kissinger.

Why is that Hamlet never wants to play Bozo, but Bozo always wants to play Hamlet?

profitsbeard on August 29, 2007 at 1:00 PM

Well, at least they are not making anyone wear underwear on their head.
But seriously, remember when all those Hollywood women were complaining about FGM???? Well, after the Jihadists became so “active”, those women all shut their collective traps. You never hear them talk about it anymore.

bloggless on August 29, 2007 at 1:12 PM

You just like the long-haired dudes, when all people of taste and discretion know it’s the bald-ish dudes who are really hot.

Allahpundit on August 29, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Careful how far back you pull that curtain there, Allah.

And, oh yeah, I am slowly beginning to agree with you…if you know what I mean.

ej_pez on August 29, 2007 at 1:24 PM

Millions of oppressed, tortured, mistreated women in Iraq and you hear Hollywood bashing our troops and President who have freed said women to vote, pursue careers, and live as human beings again.

One woman jailed and we are all supposed to rally for her? Geeezzzz.

Do not get me wrong, what he is speaking of is horrendous to say the least. It would just be real nice for Hollywood to get behind our troops like the days of old. But then, Bob Hope did have class now didn’t he? Sadly, no-class Sean Penn and the even less palatable Bill Mahr is more representative of Hollywood these days.

On-my-soap-box on August 29, 2007 at 1:32 PM

It would just be real nice for Hollywood to get behind our troops like the days of old.

Here‘s Angelina Jolie visiting the troops. Yesterday the majority of commenters on this site said she was an attention whore who should go home.

I’m just sayin’.

Tanya on August 29, 2007 at 2:00 PM

In the inspiring words of J. Peterman:

“You most likely know it as Myanmar, but it will always be Burma to me. Bonne chance, Elaine. You there on the motorbike! Sell me one of your melons!”

RightWinged on August 29, 2007 at 3:18 PM

He sounds really cheesy.

“together we can find the love”???

congsan on August 29, 2007 at 4:00 PM

I can’t make uscampaignforburma.org add up to 23 no matter how I fudge it.

saint kansas on August 29, 2007 at 11:06 AM

try uscampaignforburmadotcom

clghitis on August 29, 2007 at 4:04 PM

I can’t make uscampaignforburma.org add up to 23 no matter how I fudge it.

saint kansas on August 29, 2007 at 11:06 AM

try uscampaignforburmadotcom

clghitis on August 29, 2007 at 4:04 PM

that’s 24 clghitis… anyway, is that movie any good?

RightWinged on August 29, 2007 at 4:09 PM

I think Jim did a good thing with this video. More power to him and I hope his actions prove worthy.

robblefarian on August 29, 2007 at 4:35 PM

Is it just me or is he beginning to morph into Willem Dafoe?

tdau1997 on August 29, 2007 at 4:43 PM

I’ve been to most every country in East and Southeast Asia and Myanmar is the only one where there was a palpable sense of oppresion and tyranny. On one occasion, I was hiking with a local guide and when the subject of the junta came up, he actually looked around in all directions before speaking, even though we were walking alone in the woods.

You don’t have to be a raging leftist to understand that Aung San Suu Kyi is an amazing woman, a woman whom the entire world should be rallying to support. What she’s gone through is beyond despicible. It’s evil. I applaud anyone who tries to keep her name in the headlines. God bless her.

KGB on August 29, 2007 at 5:07 PM

You just like the long-haired dudes, when all people of taste and discretion know it’s the bald-ish dudes who are really hot. Allahpundit on August 29, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Not so much hot but over sexed. :p

Blake on August 29, 2007 at 5:13 PM

Lots of Testosterone = Male Pattern Baldness. Just look at Dick Cheney. Even his name exudes Testosterone.

bloggless on August 29, 2007 at 5:14 PM

Wow! I’m very suprised by the tone of so many posts here. Granted, I’m one of the first in line to be skeptical of celebs crying out for something, but this seems to be heart felt. This is the first I’ve heard of this so I don’t have reason to doubt his sincerity.
Have we become that calous (sp) that we would mock his hair for bringing a notable cause too the forfront?
Please tell me if I’m wrong.

oakpack on August 29, 2007 at 6:23 PM

Given Carey’s humble beginnings and a mighty work ethic I believe he is sincere in his efforts. Besides Jim has lived with monks very spiritual fellow

sonnyspats1 on August 29, 2007 at 6:45 PM

You just like the long-haired dudes, when all people of taste and discretion know it’s the bald-ish dudes who are really hot.

Allahpundit on August 29, 2007 at 12:05 PM
Careful how far back you pull that curtain there, Allah.

And, oh yeah, I am slowly beginning to agree with you…if you know what I mean.

ej_pez on August 29, 2007 at 1:24 PM

I am rapidly agreeing with both of you. Way to represent guys!

conservnut on August 29, 2007 at 6:53 PM

I’d just like to remind everyone, this is one dude that became an American (from Canada) when others in Hollywood were talking about moving to Canada.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 29, 2007 at 7:59 PM

Carrey is off his rocker. He bothers to chose this as his pet cause, shall we say, his cause célèbre, when there are much bigger fish, much more pressing fish, to fry. What about the oppression and murder in the islamic world? What about the teenage girls being given death sentences in Saudi Arabia? What of the oppression and death sentences handed out to rape victims in Iran, or UAE, or Pakistan?

Of course, for a liberal, he won’t go near that. That would mean criticizing a culture. That is a no-no. So he chooses a safe target, a “military regime”, ostensibly, a right-wing military regime, so he chooses obscure Burma to solidify his liberal leftist credentials amongst his peers.

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 8:51 PM

Ahem, what about the security concerns right here in our own country.

RushBaby on August 30, 2007 at 1:23 AM

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 8:51 PM

You do know it’s a Muslim regime?

- The Cat

MirCat on August 30, 2007 at 1:35 AM

jihadwatcher on August 29, 2007 at 8:51 PM

You do know it’s a Muslim regime?

- The Cat

MirCat on August 30, 2007 at 1:35 AM

Well said I might say.

Suz on August 30, 2007 at 4:40 AM