Here's a Little Perspective on Jim Carrey's 'Bizarre' Interview

Yesterday, I started to talk about Jim Carrey and I want you to know, there are two things that I want to try to bring to you every day. One is the facts. What are the facts?

Two, perspective. If you know what the story is, is there a different way to look at it? Everybody has an opinion.

I could tell you my opinion, which generally ends up with something that sounds a lot like, "And that's why I know I'm right." I'm more interested in perspective. Because the groups are all just changing words and trying to reword the same opinion. And it's not getting us anywhere.

I would like to start with --- wait a minute --- have you tried looking at it this way? That's perspective.

So this perspective on Jim Carrey, I think, is really important. Because I think what Jim Carrey is going through and what we have just witnessed, that the press spent a day, last week, celebrating on the right, "He's a Jesus guy! He's our Jesus guy! Look, he's found Jesus! How great is this!"

Okay. That's good. That's a good opinion on what happened.

Then two days ago, the left was very angry. And the right was celebrating, "Look, he's just punched the left. The phony phone phony phone phones. He's busted them in the face. Look at this. He went to Fashion Week, and he's telling all those phonies -- he's telling them off!"

Okay. Again, a valid opinion.

But I don't think that's what this means at all. And I think what we can learn from these two pieces of audio are life-changing.

So first, let me give you the facts. Here's the first cut. This is what he said this weekend, edited, or just a couple of days ago, edited at a Fashion Week.

REPORTER: I ran into Jim Carrey. Wait. Tell me, is it true you're wandering the streets, you need a date in the party? What's up?

JIM: No, no, I'm doing just fine. I just -- you know, there's no meaning to any of this. So I wanted to find the most meaningful thing that I could come to and join. And -- and here I am.

VOICE: They're celebrating --

JIM: I mean, you got to admit, it's completely meaningless.

VOICE: Well, they say they're celebrating icons. Do you believe in icons?

JIM: Celebrating icons. Boy, that is just the absolute lowest-aiming possibility that we could come up with. It's like icons. Do you believe in icons? I don't believe in personalities. I don't believe that you exist. But there is a wonderful fragrance in the air.

VOICE: You don't believe certain icons have the power to make change, to think differently, to be bold, to inspire others? Artistry? You're one of them.

JIM: Yeah. No, I don't believe in icons. I don't believe in personalities. I believe that peace lies beyond personality.

Okay. That's an edited version. And it got weird. Really weird beyond that. In fact, the headline was, 'Jim Carrey gets really bizarre at New York Fashion Week.' So before we get to perspective: One more fact. Here's what the right was celebrating last week. Here is an edited version of what came out last week as he was speaking to Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles.

JIM: I really want to speak the fact that I've had some challenges in the last couple of years myself.

And, ultimately, I believe that suffering leads to salvation. And, in fact, it's the only way. That we have to somehow accept, not deny, but feel our suffering and feel our losses. And then we make one of two decisions: We either decide to go through the gate of resentment, which leads to vengeance, which leads to self-harm, which leads to harm to others, or we go through the gate of forgiveness, which leads to grace. And your being here is an indication that you've made that decision already. You've made the decision to walk through the gate of forgiveness, to grace, just as Christ did on the cross.

So now perspective. What the hell just happened to Jim Carrey? I thought he was the Pet Detective guy. Who is this guy? Is he crazy at Fashion Week? Or has something happened to him?

If you look at both of these side by side, you will see all of our futures, and he said there, "You have a choice." Just like Berkeley has a choice today when Ben Shapiro gives his speech. Let him speak. Let him speak, and move on. Or let yourself give in to anger and violence and hatred, and it will be destruction.

Jim Carrey has been going through multiple massive struggles in his life, which I believe is healthy. I've never learned anything when I was happy.

So when you're content, you generally don't learn a lot. It's when you have real struggle in your life that you learn.

What the media is missing is, in this audio clip, from Homeboy Industries, he called the audience heroes. You're a hero to me.

Who is he talking to? He was talking to a group of people who had formerly been in jail or in prison. They were incarcerated, and they were involved in gangs.

This is a rough crowd that he's talking to. And he calls them his heroes. Why?

Because what he said was, we have two choices: Something happens, and we have two choices. And we can fall in with anger and vengeance and hatred which leads to self-harm, or we can surrender, which leads to forgiveness and grace.

He said to the guys at Homeboy Industries, of former gang members in jail, "You guys are heroes because you've chosen grace, and you are here with the odds stacked against you, and you are determined to go a different way."

So he's just a met hero. Several heroes, just the week before, who were actually doing something and have nothing. And have nobody heralding them. Nobody helping them. The world looking down on them.

They have everything stacked against them. And they're determined to stand. And then he gets on a plane and he goes to New York. He goes to Fashion Week. And what does he walk into? A Fashion Week tent that is celebrating, quote, "icons." Celebrity fashion icons.

And I have to believe that he had exactly the same experience that I had on this radio program just a couple of weeks ago. A couple of weeks ago,  it was right after I had to lay off a lot of people and make really, really tough decisions. And I have not been that torn apart in I don't know how long. And I made those decisions. And then I got on to a plane, and I went to Mexico to work with O.U.R., Operation Underground Railroad. And I sat down with people who were actual former slaves, actual chain-around-the-neck, chain-around-the-hands or, the wrists, chained to a wall, a floor, or a bed, for up to two years. One of them beaten every day with a broom handle. Beaten so badly, every time the broom handle would break.

And this person wasn't talking at all about being oppressed. Wasn't even asking for help.

None of them were crying anything. They weren't even crying for help. They were telling me, my life is a blank piece of paper. And I am its only author.

No, wait a minute. Hang on just a second. What about the guy who beat you with a broom handle, and that was actually a woman. What about that person? Does that person not have any authorship in your life? No. Because if I choose to give that person authorship, my life story changes. That is something that they chose to do. And it has only made me stronger. And I come back, after two days in Mexico, I haven't paid attention to the news over the weekend. And I sit in this chair, and I hear the complaints and the audio and the news of how these statues have to be pulled down because, my gosh, what oppressors. These guys who have no effect on your life. None. It's a stupid freaking statue. It has no effect on your life, unless you choose. And I did a monologue on the air. And I've done several of them since. And I don't know if you've heard them. But I have said, "All of this is meaningless. All of it is meaningless."

What are we doing? What am I doing?

You know what got me there? Pain. Struggle. Everything the world wants to take away from you. We are either popping a Xanax, an opioid, Prozac. We're escaping through hatred. We're escaping through Facebook.

I'll be real honest with you: Every weekend, I have people say to me, how do you go to so many movies? Why do you go to so many -- I have to admit, to escape. I want three hours a week where I escape. That is my vice. I escape once a week at a movie theater.

We all have a choice. And I think Jim Carrey has made his choice. And everyone in the media has missed it. And that is, I choose a different kind of hero. I choose a hero who has actually seen suffering and has seen the worst of the worst. And now is not asking for a handout or anything else who is choosing to stand. And they're going to author their own story. That is a life worth living. That is an icon.

This article is based on Glenn's radio monologue delivered on September 14, 2017.

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