Carrey speaks out against homophobic bullying

Posted by · 8:51 am · November 11th, 2010

I admit I haven’t yet got round to seeing the fact-inspired, gay-themed comedy “I Love You, Phillip Morris,” despite it having opened in the UK way back in the youthful glory days of March. (US audiences still have to wait another three weeks.) Reaction from my fellow Brit critics was politely tepid, and I largely forgot about the film until Kris’s highly enthusiastic response re-piqued my interest last month.

Whether “Phillip Morris” — in which Jim Carrey plays a closeted con man who falls for his prison cellmate — works or not, its long-delayed (the film bowed at Sundance 2009, remember) US presence is welcome.

In addition to following “The Kids Are All Right” in edging homosexual romance into the mainstream, the film’s publicity run also employs Carrey’s to drive home social messages that, however obvious to most of us, still bear repeating.

In a recent MTV interview, he issued the following statement on the still-tender issue of homophobic bullying:

This is a horrible thing to be bullied, and to feel like an outcast is a terrible thing… It’s just so an old thing, an old antiquated way of thinking that you can’t have anymore. It doesn’t belong in the new paradigm. Every time you look at somebody and think, ‘I don’t like that about that person,’ you just got to know that’s about you… Anybody who bullies anybody for any reason is no friend of mine.

Some of the most valuable people in my life are gay… People that bring magical, amazing gifts and contributions to my life. I would say to kids out there when they’re engaging in these kinds of isolations of people, someday you’re going to want those people in your life. You’re going to need those people in your life, and you’re not going to want that on your conscience.

Nicely done. Video of Carrey’s interview here.

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  • 1 11-11-2010 at 9:21 am

    Drew said...

    There was recently another homophobic attack against someone not far from me in my home town and it is still troubling and disturbing to me. I can’t understand this level of hatred in this century, and much like Guy said, no matter how obvious Carrey’s message is, it is still an importnat one that will always be worth repeating for the sake of anyone who has been, or continues to be harassed or discriminated against.

  • 2 11-11-2010 at 9:28 am

    Keil Shults said...

    It’s ridiculous that a film with this pedigree has been essentially cast aside. Sure, it may come out in the US in a few weeks, but few will even know about it and fewer still will see it. It’s unfortunate, because I recall this being fairly high on my must-see list about a year ago (or more).

  • 3 11-11-2010 at 10:54 am

    Michael said...

    I am a huge supporter of filmmakers/celebrities/TV producers who make it their goal to realistically depict homosexual romance/lifestyle to a mainstream audience. The more normal and matter of fact it is portrayed, the less of a big deal it will seem (which in reality it really shouldn’t be seen as a big deal) and that will hopefully limit the amount of unnecessary hate that is still spread to this day. There are some high quality films/t.v. shows that have been made and/or are being made that address this, but the majority are on the fringe and don’t reach a large enough audience to really matter. I honestly think that a HUGE step would be to create a positive role model on a Disney/Nickelodeon tv show and a big budget action film where the LEAD character was gay and it was treated as incidentally as anything else. I wouldn’t mind cranking up the empowerment every now and then but not going overboard is important – just showing something normal, which the stereotypes that are frequently depicted are anything but. I know that will likely never happen anytime SOON, but the moment it does happen will be the time when things like hate crimes/bullying/discrimination to gay people will be a thing of the past.

  • 4 11-11-2010 at 2:52 pm

    Scott said...

    Just FYI: “Phillip Morris” is a much better film than “The Kids are All Right.”

  • 5 11-11-2010 at 4:41 pm

    Brandi said...

    ^ But they’re two entirely different films.

    Right on, Michael.

  • 6 11-11-2010 at 7:43 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***This is a horrible thing to be bullied, and to feel like an outcast is a terrible thing… It’s just so an old thing, an old antiquated way of thinking that you can’t have anymore.***

    … WHAT? Did he really speak in this weird broken English, or did the quote somehow get mangled on the way to the page?

  • 7 11-11-2010 at 11:02 pm

    Glenn said...

    I think “so” is meant to be “such”, other than that it makes perfect sense.

  • 8 11-12-2010 at 3:42 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    English: Actually, if you watch the video, his statement is “It’s just so, to me, like an old thing.”