Why Did Media Outlets Even Entertain the Idea that Jim Carrey's Love Letter to Emma Stone Wasn't a Joke?
Here's the transcript, in case you can't watch:
I just wanted to let you know that I think you're all the way beautiful. Not just pretty, but, you know, smart and kindhearted. And if I were a lot younger, I would marry you, and we would have chubby little freckled faced kids. We'd laugh all day long and go camping and play Yahtzee and tell ghost stories by the fire. And the sex?
Everyday for the rest of your life, you would thank God that I was the appropriate age for you. But I'm not. I'm 49. I have lines on my face, sometimes a little grey in my beard, and it takes me a little longer to pee than it used to. Those are the only discernable signs of aging that I can find so far. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how I felt. You're pretty special, and I wish you continued success and artistic fulfillment, but most of all, I wish you love and contentment. That's all.
The reason for the video is so far unknown. But, Jim Carrey is a comedian. He has no history of mental illness nor of creepy behavior (other than dating Jenny McCarthy). He does have a history, however, of doing wild shit for attention.
And yet, several media outlets entertained the idea that this love letter to Emma Stone might have been for real. That Jim Carrey might have actually jumped on to the crazy horse. That he'd toss away his career to confess creepy love to Emma Stone.
Late yesterday, of course, Jim Carrey confessed on Twitter that it was all a joke (after his publicist assured everyone the same) probably because it had become increasingly clear that the media couldn't recognize a joke and if he didn't confess TMZ would start running old "SNL" skits to suggest Carrey was also on crystal meth.
The whole event, in fact, reminds me of this, which prompted many in the humorless media to suggest, back then, that Jim Carrey had actually lost his nut after he was denied an Oscar for The Truman Show.