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Why Did Media Outlets Even Entertain the Idea that Jim Carrey's Love Letter to Emma Stone Wasn't a Joke?

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | August 25, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | August 25, 2011 |

Inexplicably, but most certainly for a legitimate comedic reason, Jim Carrey posted a video yesterday on YouTube professing his love for Emma Stone. If it were real, and if it weren’t obviously a joke, it would be creepy. Because he’s 49. And she’s 22.

But it was obviously 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.

  • HuffPo: “The 49-year old actor just released a video in which he declares his love to 22-year old It Girl actress Emma Stone, in which he day dreams about their would-be marriage and sex. There’s no sign of sarcasm in the video, and according to IMDB, they’re not working on any projects together in the near future — meaning there’s no reason to create some sort of secret viral promotion.”

  • The Wall Street Journal: “While it’s unclear if the funny man is joking around, the video seems a little creepy since it’s directed at the 22-year-old star of “The Help.”

  • Movieline: “Oh my gosh. It’s more unnervingly sincere than The Majestic!”

    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.

    Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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