Why Jim Carrey’s Bizarre Fashion Week Interview Is Going Viral
09.13.17

Jim Carrey gave a brief interview to E! at the Harper’s Bazaar ICONS party last Friday night where he posed existential questions to the interviewer while circling her like a shark. It went viral immediately.

“I’ve covered a lot of fashion weeks and this is the first time I’ve run into Jim Carrey,” reporter Catt Sadler remarks as she and Carrey dance around each other on the red carpet.

Carrey doesn’t waste time with small talk. “I wanted to find the most meaningless thing that I could come to and join, and here I am,” he says. “I mean you’ve gotta admit it’s completely meaningless.”

Sadler looks shocked but tries to cushion the nature of Carrey’s existential comment with explanation: “Well, they say they’re celebrating icons. Do you believe in icons?”

Carrey responds by calling icons the “absolute lowest-aiming possibility we could come up with” for something to celebrate. “I believe that peace lies beyond personality,” he says, “beyond invention and disguise, beyond the red ‘S’ you wear on your chest that makes bullets bounce off. I believe that it’s deeper than that. I believe we’re a field of energy dancing for itself. And uh…I don’t care.”

Sadler asks Carrey why the heck he got all dressed up to come to the event in the first place, and he says matter-of-factly, “I didn’t get dressed up. There is no me.”

That’s when the conversation takes a turn. Sadler asks/states, “So what’s happening in our world right now? There is a lot of news that actually is relevant but is not that uplifting.”

Carrey’s reply: “Here’s the thing — it’s not our world.” He mumbles something else about how “we don’t matter,” pats Sadler on the shoulders and walks away, bringing the interaction to an abrupt end.

As this strange clip circulated around the internet over the past few days, it sparked commentary on social media about Carrey’s experience with depression, which he has spoken about openly. Some suggested his nihilistic remarks about the meaninglessness of a fashion week party might be a byproduct of his mental illness history. However, attributing his observations as such detracts from their validity — because they are valid.

Sadler’s response about the state of the world was, too. There is a lot happening right now, and no, not very much of it is uplifting. The glitzy, warm, glamorous cocoon of fashion week stands in stark contrast against the desolation of national disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and the lives of those affected by the DACA repeal. In the context of all this turmoil, both natural and man-made, Jim Carrey’s dismissal of a star-studded fashion week party as “meaningless” feels poignantly, painfully accurate.

Vanessa Friedman touched on this uncomfortable disparity in a recent fashion week review for The New York Times: “current events have a way of overshadowing clothes.”

They do indeed cast a shadow, but the shadow is not opaque. The glitz of fashion week still shines through, maybe not as brightly as it used to, but nonetheless it wins our attention spans and calendars and Instagram feeds. Sometimes enjoying it feels wrong. Sometimes enjoying it feels necessary — a momentary reprieve for the sake of our sanities. Most of the time, it feels both wrong and necessary simultaneously. This contradiction is the crux of our unease: there is no clear blueprint for how to act.

Perhaps Carrey’s interview is going viral because he’s saying what many of those in attendance are thinking, while at the same time doing the very things that perpetuate his feeling of pointlessness: putting in effort, getting dressed, going to the party. This dichotomy is exactly the rub we all experience; we see the problem, find ourselves caught in the perpetuation of it (in Vanessa Friedman’s case, she still has to attend shows for her job despite calling out what she finds to be so wrong about them) and yet, we can’t see the solution. So we grasp.

What do you think: Does it count as a step forward to voice these kinds of concerns, or are they meaningless without some sort of stance or action?

Photo by J. Countess/WireImage via Getty Images.

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  • Anne Dyer

    Love this article Harling, thanks. Jim is the perfect mix of crazy and brilliant which makes this interaction so beautiful. Life is not perfect sound bites, manicured fingers and “I don’t care (but secretly I do)” hair. The world is full of Jim’s and I for one find them fascinating.

    • Harling Ross

      hahah my hair goals are officially “I don’t care (but secretly I do)” as of today

  • Elli rvs

    Yes it counts as a step forward: I think viewing it as such and interpreting this bizzare interview the way that you have is very constructive and necessary. There can be no action with out conversation first. So thank you!

  • Fransjejohanna

    I must say he is acting a little weird in the video.. but he has a point. There is so much going on in the world right now, we can’t ignore it.

  • Amber MB
    • Harling Ross

      interestingggggggg

    • Jeanie

      I thought he was up to something!!! The whole painting thing and now this?

  • Reganomics

    I thought that his treatment of Saddler was rude – his literal dancing around and his frequent speaking over her were extremely dismissive and ultimately elitist (though I realize that the same can be said about NYFW). It’s a kind of jarring humor with a goal of embarrassing the other party that seems to be dismissed when performed by tortured genius types.

    I think what first frustrates me about the wide-scale push back against NYFW is that it seems to be less about the substance of the event and more about the group that it primarily caters to – women. There are so few events of this magnitude that celebrate femininity and unabashed appreciation of womanhood and, in turn, men/non-binary persons as well, and it’s upsetting that the outlets that we do have are dismissed as being meaningless.

    In short, I think that the art we are able to consume through fashion week is just as valid as the art that Carrey produces. Are designers incorporating real life issues and current events into their work? Should they? How do these concerns as they relate to fashion differ from other mediums? Does the focus on consumerism facilitated by fashion compromise its status as art? I think we should evaluate these questions, and consistently reevaluate them, before we write off anything as meaningless. I recognize that I have diverted a great deal from my initial evaluation of Carrey’s actions and words, but these are merely the thoughts that arose because of his stunt.

    • Reganomics

      Also just a note that I don’t mean to offend by associating NYFW with femininity. I also recognize the way that it destructs gender binaries, but am not in a position as a cisgendered women to comment on whether this is a successful feat or not. The way that I’ve been allowed to dress has been policed since I was very young on the basis of my gender (schools that banned nail polish and socks below the ankle since kindergarten), and so using clothing as a means of personal expression and uniting with other women has been especially freeing for me.

      • C Gutierrez

        While I do criticize your tying of NYFW with femininity, I agree with you that clothing is a powerful tool for expression. Not just for women, but maybe especially for women’s because we have such a variety of styles available to us which standard men’s lines do not offer.

    • Harling Ross

      “There are so few events of this magnitude that celebrate femininity and unabashed appreciation of womanhood and, in turn, men/non-binary persons as well, and it’s upsetting that the outlets that we do have are dismissed as being meaningless.”

      Such a smart and thoughtful point.

      • Danielle Cardona Graff

        I was about to say the exact same. I’d also add, that, even in the most awful of circumstances, we should still be able to find things to enjoy without being criticized – however “meaningless” those things might be! Consider the popularity of Gone With The Wind which came out during the great depression – the movie served as a little escape from everyone’s hardship.

    • Bridgett

      I’m uncomfortable with femininity being reduced to beauty and fashion. Is fashion week, which is about previewing trends, consumerism (as you mentioned), the really only way we can celebrate womanhood? Really?

      • Reganomics

        Absolutely not. Just an element of it that I personally enjoy celebrating.

      • Reganomics

        I don’t think the language in my comment suggested that this was the case, but if it did, then I apologize.

      • Matt_XVI

        Who said it’s the only way? If a man goes bowling does that mean his masculinity is reduced to bowling? No. It’s just one part of a whole. And even that whole is subjective.

    • C Gutierrez

      Fashion is wonderful but NYFW’s narrow spin on design is what is being rejected. I think values are changing. Beauty and style will always be cherished by women and men of all walks of life. But why do we need to look at the same elites every year? Why do we need to see shows with the same famous girls and rich peoples daughters over and over again? NYFW is not synonymous with feminity. There are billions of women who get by without caring what these people think.

    • jiggahava

      Also, he’s a pretty strident anti-vaxxer, so the things he says should be taken with many grains of salt.

    • Lisa Ha

      You could also say it was rude of the interviewer to mention Jim was walking around by himself and needed a date, because the depression he’s been facing is a direct result of his girlfriend’s suicide from a year or two ago. His behavior might have been a mix of a reaction to that and also just his zany personality.

  • aronnoco

    Given that we’re all completely unsure if this is a bout of humor, a publicity stunt for an upcoming project, or the real consequences of mental illness:

    I think voicing the absurdity of an event like NYFW, especially in a situation (in this case, a red carpet interview) where you’re expected to be deferential or congratulatory, absolutely counts. It’s always nice to be reminded that relevance is assigned, not inherent. We value NYFW because we’ve decided to value it, because it gives us pleasure for all the reasons Harling noted. Calling out the absurdity of the whole performance of NYFW doesn’t diminish that value at all, but it does make you squirm a bit, and think more about why, exactly, you’re paying so much attention to the show.

    I don’t think that it’s necessary to make an interviewer’s job hell while doing so–especially by looming around her like a goddamn hawk–but I don’t know what else I expect from Jim Carrey at this point.

    And as a side note, Sadler’s looks at the camera were absolutely life-giving.

    • Nancy

      He doesn’t call it absurd, he calls it meaningless. And for this scenario, it’s actually an important philosophical difference. What you describe is absurdity: the acceptance of and rebellion against the actual lack of meaning. I think he experiences the world in a more nihilist way; which is to say that not only is there no meaning, but the exercise of trying to construct meaning is pointless.
      So, NYFW really is peak meaninglessness in that sense.
      Okay: he’s dressed up, doing an interview, as he’s done countless times…and he’s just disconnected from it. From his perspective, it doesn’t matter if he circles around, because that’s as ridiculous as the whole circus of NYFW.
      While this one interaction between an interviewer and a known wildcard probably doesn’t deserve too much analysis, it’s definitely an interesting lens to look through.

    • piteus

      Jim Carrey is being Jim Carrey. He’s just screwing with us … pushing the limits of comedy.

  • Bogey

    I feel like the people enjoying fashion week are those who need no reprieve from anything. It’s not like this is an uplifting charity event for victims of Hurricane Harvey or DACA. It’s just fashion week and we’re making excuses for why rich people should be able to continue to enjoy it, guilt & conscience-free, without having to worry about the dire circumstances in the rest of the USA and the world.

    • Danielle Cardona Graff

      I think that’s an unfair thing to say. Fashion Week is the beginning of a business cycle, later followed by market week, and year round sales appointments between retailers and brands, which ends with what we buy and put on our backs. Those of us who work in fashion, (a large chunk of the people who “enjoy fashion week”) are not all rich, and that we partake, doesn’t mean that the rest of the shit going on in this world isn’t also on our minds.

      • tmm16

        can confirm: I work in fashion, am not rich, and definitely concerned for the state of the world RN

  • Haley Burke

    This sounds like he’s advocating for a Nietzschean ‘eternally recurring will to power’. What a strange dude…

  • B4B

    I feel like there’s a time and place for everything. I do not believe that you have to suffer for the sake of suffering. The political climate and climate otherwise is hard right now, but I don’t think the appropriate response is to stop enjoying yourself and stop being productive. What good does that do? As you put it, there are plenty of people who have to attend despite their own internal turmoil because it’s their JOB. He has no reason to be there other than his own will. Its so irritating when people decide to complain without following up with any action. It’s so pointless because he’s just stating the obvious as if it were some great spiritual revelation that no one else has been privy to.

    • Danielle Cardona Graff

      I completely agree with you.

  • Danielle Cardona Graff

    I think it’s arrogant and rude of him -maybe driven by his depression and maybe not, but nothing worth analyzing.

  • Kristie

    Kinda cool for a wealthy celebrity to make this point in this setting. Most of the people who might feel this same way won’t have the wealth or status to be allowed into this context.

    • Kristie

      (I also see about 1000 nuances here, but that’s most of what I find interesting)

  • Fereshteh-Faith Oftadeh

    Ehh… I totally agree with the last paragraph. And all due respect to NY fashion week, but what I see as an ego driven, elaborately expensive celebration of a particularly wasteful industry that doesn’t further humans in really any form whatsoever (with massive media coverage,) some see as art, design and self-expression. Don’t get me wrong, I love fashion, hell every bad day can be turned around with a new velvet clutch or kitten heeled mules, but what bothers me the most are not the clothes, it’s the egos. This type of trend setting that leads some/most of us to endless clicking, nervously wondering if you’re prepared for fall and Hallelujah if you’ve already loved polka dots because that will surely spare you a top of two come October. I just so desperately want to believe fashion is about you, your ideas, your own self-expression from wherever that came from and wearing whatever the fuck your want regardless of what happened once upon a time during a week in New York. Also I’m so bored of brands literally needing me to buy into their perspectives all so I can believe I’m actually expressing myself when I walk into my closet, however my selections are based on what I read is “in” this season.

    • Bridgett

      ^This. I really appreciate this comment, as it really expresses what I’ve been recently grappling with at the moment. I’m honestly at a point where I’d rather be honest about my newfound skepticism over fashion and personal style, then deluding myself in thinking that I’m making my own “personal choices.”

    • Jeanie

      I think the art side of Fashion does further people, but it’s so overshadowed by celebrities and brands and consumerism. I’m an artist, and it’s so hard to reconcile how much art as a career relies on consumerism.

    • Flo W

      ‘I just so desperately want to believe fashion is about you, your ideas, your own self-expression from wherever that came from and wearing whatever the fuck your want regardless of what happened once upon a time during a week in New York.’ Fantastic.

    • Agreed! Came here to say similar. I am completely disgusted by the celebration of wastefulness that seems to explode during NY fashion week! Watching the top fashion bloggers on Insta Stories leaves me wondering what happens to these pieces they wear once and then discard. I love beautiful clothes and handbags, but watching someone change into 5 different outfits in a day is just upsetting. I hope everything is borrowed and goes on to live in someone’s closet, but I despise the excessive consumerism this encourages. The whole thing makes me feel sad.

      http://www.shessobright.com

  • Lindsey

    I really appreciate this article, especially as fashion writers. It makes me think of that Mari Andrew illustration where she points out opposing things she can partake in and feel at the same time as she partakes in and feels opposite things. (I can care about Harvey *and* fashion week.) We do need reprieves and distractions from the daily devastation of climate change and global politics, and it’s fun to check in to something “meaningless” like fashion. But that being said, I do think fashion gets a bad rap as being the most vapid of art forms; the fact that many are hesitant to even call it art speaks volumes. But like Haley’s interview with Dan Lecca, it’s clear the shows *are* an art form. And oftentimes, in the midst of hardship, art is the first thing to be criticized as unnecessary. But it’s in the hard times that we *need* art. It’s medicine to a lot of people. And yes, I have maaaaany issues with high art and its bedmate, elitism (of which I would consider including fashion week), but I don’t think it’s bad to enjoy and even be excited about what’s coming down the runway. I do think Carrey has a good point about all of it being meaningless, because compared with everything else going on it can certainly feel that way. But I wouldn’t use the word meaningless. Maybe…superfluous? It’s not a necessity, but it’s beautiful, and it excites people, and it offers a reprieve. And that’s ok too.

  • Shelby Davis-Cooper

    What’s that Fitzgerald quote, that intelligence is about being able to hold two contradictory ideas in one’s head while still retaining the ability to function? That’s fashion (for me). It doesn’t matter at all, and it absolutely does matter.

    • Harling Ross

      mmmmmmmm that’s lovely

  • Silvia Pardo

    Well he was looking for the most meaningless thing he could do, but for him. There’s probably people who might find his movies meaningless too. Fashion is an industry, which provides a lot of jobs, and probably a lot of other industries might have their own big events that you or me haven’t heard about because they mean nothing to us. Creativity, design, beauty should be celebrated. If you don’t feel like yourself because of what you’re wearing and want people to see honesty and truth, show up naked ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Shelby

      “There’s probably people who might find his movies meaningless too.” Exactly what I was thinking.

      • Yep. I find his behaviour hypocritical. I’ve gotten my fair share of laughs from his movies but I definitely wouldn’t call Dumb & Dumber meaningful.

      • Matt_XVI

        Based on his comments I would think he also thinks his movies are meaningless.

  • Lauren K

    He just reminds me of every philosophy bro I know that wants accolades for the most boring observations ever. Talking around her (literally) and using purposefully obtuse language to make the point that the event or fashion or whatever is meaningless and then dodging a question about events that are actually important (“it’s not our world”) just strikes me as obnoxious. Maybe I’m missing the point but the whole thing just annoyed me.

    • Bo

      Yes it is CLASSIC philosophy bro behaviour, like my old housemate who used to invoke nihilism to avoid doing the vacuuming. I found the whole interview very brattish. Like an undisciplined little kid who answers everyone back because he knows he won’t get in any (real) trouble

      • Krusty the Kat

        I think you and I had the same roommate. Did he also refuse to take out the garbage because, and I quote, “It will get done”?

        • Bo

          He used to say that about unpacking the dishwasher! Or packing the dishwasher. Or buying dishwasher detergent.

  • C Gutierrez

    I cannot believe the dismissive attitude taken towards Carrey. It only goes to show the superficiality that fashion is regrettably accused of so often. His message isn’t nihilistic or one of a depressed madman. His views about the meaninglessness of mundane humanity, the illusion of self and the interconnected energy of a life are ideas that have been expressed by many philosophers and religions. He simply put them in his own words. That said, I do think his remarks should have been saved for another time. He used the interview as an opportunity to remark about how how he is so above it all which the poor interviewer had to deal with.

    I don’t blame the guy too much, though, he’s bound to be burnt out on glamour and fame. We can apply his words further and see that he doesn’t want to be treated as THE Jim Carrey. Not only has NYFW become trite and silly with it’s same old wealthy exclusive circles but so has celebrity culture, this celebrating of “icons” and of carefully weighing and examining the words of an actor.

    • Ai-Ch’ng GB

      I agree with you, especially with your observation that Jim Carrey’s remarks should have been saved for another time. Having said that, there is always more than one answer to every question. Your point that so many responses towards his interview were dismissive, shows us how silly it is for us to get keyed up over Jim Carrey’s response, as it means we are asking a question, in the hopes and with the expectation (both incorrect) that he will give us/the interviewer the answers we want/expect to hear.

      If we ask a question, shouldn’t we be open to the answer, no matter what it is? And if it appears dismissive, or weird, shouldn’t that provoke less of our emotional reaction towards the interviewee, than prompt our inner-reflection on why we feel (uncomfortable) as we do towards Jim Carrey/his answer? I know hearing him prompted me to think twice about whether my purchases this week have been meaningless and unnecessary, in light of what’s been happening in the world recently. And for me, that’s a good thing.

  • Jennifer

    I’m with Jim on this. Fashion Week and all that it entails feels wasteful, fleeting and shallow while the rest of the entire world is suffering. It is meaningless.

  • CK Burner

    I need to finish some work and read through other replies to respond to this properly, but I just have this really strong gut reaction that he needs to get over himself and is possibly under some sort of circumstance that is influencing him mentally. I feel like he’s an unlike-able asshole, and that if this is a valid question to raise then this delivery feels more like grinding a personal axe in way that doesn’t advance the issue. To me it feels like my pouty teenage self showing up and shitting on things because I’m unhappy with myself and struggling with depression. For me it’s just like, Yeah, *and*? Like, yeah of course everything is fucking shit right now – you don’t fucking say. What are you here to contribute? What are you creating that’s positive and that takes us away from the shit? I’ll come back to this later because I think this is a really fucking interesting convo, but I have a shit ton of work to get through right now. I’ll be super interested to read all the thoughtful responses from people, and will probably learn something that will update my answer.

    • CK Burner

      And if he’s just here advancing Nihilism, like, okay? Everything is potentially meaningless, depending on your outlook. Should we not make nice things? Are humans not animals who have enjoyed making tools and jewelry and tattoos and things, ever since we’ve been around? Taking away all of your possessions is a classic cult tactic – it negates the individual – so I think there is some value in all of this, even if it’s mixed in with bullshit, racism, classism, inequality, and a bunch of other bullshit. Rarely are things perfect – we can only make the best, search for meaning in our own way, and be happy for pretty things that we can appreciate on an aesthetic level, and all the enjoyment there is in that for visual people.

      • I completely agree with everything you are saying. This is a discussion that high school/college kids have when they’re too high and depressed to be productive in any way that will actually impact the things they’re “so” upset about. He’s just saying a whole lot of nothing (“we don’t exist”) to be a nudge.

  • Hannah Nichols

    I feel like everything lately is so hyper-scrutinized to the point that we can’t just enjoy things any more. Obviously there are bad things happening around the world, and we’re sad about them and we donate and help and pray if we are the praying kind, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy things. It’s ridiculous to me that people could think that fashion and the celebration of it is pointless or meaningless, especially someone coming from an industry that could be considered similar.

    • Jeanie

      Yah, if he was really making a political statement, he should be out protesting or helping Hurricane victims. We don’t know how many people at fashion week did donate to help the Hurricane victims. All these people are working. They’re providing jobs. Maybe it’s not as unimportant as it is on the surface.

  • Hajni

    All I see is a mentally disturbed man.

  • Victoria Krawiec

    Having a weirdo comedian come to a fashion event, I don’t know what kind of behavior you would expect him to have…but this! Which is classic Jim Carey –I , Unpredictable, wacky, bluntly honest and existential //obviously hard core fashion girls can’t see the humor (no offense, but understood)— and hey at least he looked good and didn’t roll up in dad jeans and a holey t-shirt, although that maybe would have been cool too 😉

  • Natalia Soto

    since when do we measure the validity of an event/practice by whether or not it will matter to anyone but ourselves in a couple of years. of course, these meaningless, frivolous activities are not available for all to participate, but if a meaningless, frivolous activity allows you to have a good time, even if it’s just for one night, i don’t see why anyone should be made to feel vapid for participating. ultimately, very little of what most of us do will matter to the people of the future, so since it won’t, why not enjoy yourself in a harmless way?

  • Amy T

    Jim Carrey just pulled a “Larry David” and I love it.

  • I’ve been thinking on fashion beyond fashion week, which I largely ignore. Why this race to have collections every season (or what now, micro season? Isn’t that a thing?) when we can’t even clothe half the world?
    Then I think on dressing myself as an extension of my creative personality, that each of us is sharing in the expressing of ourselves, our hopes, our fears, our dreams, when we put on clothing.

    Fashion is tied to consumables, more than any other ‘art’ form. Thus, it is the most dangerous kind of ‘art’. There are geniuses in fashion. Designers who create haute dreams that I want to wear, and realize as anotehr aspect of myself. To see someone fully embodied in themselves – oftentimes due to finally and freely expressing their inner self through their outer manifestation – is always an inspiring, uplifing thing to behold.

    But what are we chasing here? Those who self express aren’t always paying top dollar. There’s creativity in thrifting, in going back years (or the aforementioned fashion seasons) to find what fits, what’s eternal. Fashion is both fleeting and eternal, but to have it all we’re told we never have enough.

    Can you tell I have a love hate relationship with it? I’m a fine artist who doesn’t want to dismiss adornment, but yet I can’t get behind the eco and spiritual bereftment that seems to be a requirement to play along. I’m kind of on Carey’s side here. Yet the reporter didn’t outright dismiss him (at first), and seemed willing to play along, and figure out what he might have meant.

    I think it’s ok to dismiss it and regard it highly. It’s fashion, it’s clothes. To get up and get dressed in the morning and believe in yourself and the changes you’ll make to your and someone else’s day are enough.

  • Jeanie

    I think he’s up to something. I just saw a video of him two days ago showing him painting bad (but at least endearing) paintings and talking about art in a very scripted way.

    • Bo

      What is he planning? Please not a sequel to the Mask

    • Emily

      I saw that as well. To me, it really seems like he is going through some personal transformation and reckoning. I read that his gf committed suicide and I think he is questioning a lot of things (as in this interview). I’m glad he has art as an outlet

  • Hallie Elizabeth

    Jim Carrey is awesome.

  • Flo W

    After becoming very very ill I started to take mediation lessons. During my mediation training I examined deeper feelings I had while in the hospital. When I wasn’t fighting for my life anymore but for my kidney’s I strangely wanted to be alone as much as possible. Where 2,5 weeks before I couldn’t bare being alone, I was so afraid to die. While being alone in my room I sat on my bed and experienced a total feeling of calm, no stress, no anxiety, just lightness and an overwhelming feeling of trust. Upon deepening these feelings I came to find that there is no ego and – this is where it gets intense – there is no defined ‘person’. There is just this place of trust, lightness, always fresh, calmness. This is where I feel whole, regardless of day to day emotions (good or bad), they pass. Even though Jim doesn’t elegantly convey his feelings – it resonated with me on a deep level. Personally I think we need more people to antidote to the bigger, better, grander tendencies of our soctiey.

  • Bethechange

    I enjoyed the interview it was raw
    Feelings from the moment and at times it really is a thing to look around you and what’s happening in this world is beyond unbelievable…its an ILLUSION. Enjoy the journey ride ECT.. were here today gone tommoriw love his charity clarity and all thst jazz

  • frannypaul

    Arrogant suffering with a stage.

  • Dān Jurzōn

    I empathize with the sentiment that Fashion is essentially a tedious exercise in shallow self absorption, and that the involvement of genetically gifted, spectacularly attractive celebrities in Fashion related endeavors only exacerbates the absurd place of importance and power which Fashion plays in our society, but if Jim is so profoundly disinterested in the silly phenomenon of Fashion WHY is he there?!

    Is he experiencing a moment of existential crisis, and in his pain and confusion believed his best reflex is to confront the Intimidating Monster of Fashion head on? Does he believe his conflicted, sarcastic participation in the event is an effective & worthwhile statement of defiance against the overwhelming forces of hollow narcissism which dominates the industry in which he has earned his enormous fame & fortune and through which he is able to communicate his personal philosophies to so many millions & millions of his fellow Earth inhabitants? Is he struggling with the idea, with the reality that he has devoted his life thus far to the insubstantial, nonproductive pursuit of public adoration?

    Maybe he’s realizing how he, like all of us, is trapped in a culture of self fascinated self absorption, and that rational, linear discourse and behaviors are ultimately impotent modes of defiance. Perhaps he’s expressing in the only way appropriate for a self stylized Court Jester just how utterly vapid, vacuous and even vicious is the enterprise of Fashion; that irrational unhinged shenanigans are ultimately the only appropriate response to something as preposterously stupid?

    Maybe he’s simply being the person he’s always been, clowning the establishment, mocking the hypocrisy, and entertaining the masses? Maybe…

  • Obezyanka0

    How I feel about fashion week/life

  • disqus_8XSPUfbyYK

    Everything he said is true… maybe not appropriate in the context of event and interview in terms of social norms expected at such formal event, but who am I to judge. They wanted his opinion and he shared it, and what he shared is also true.

  • Ciccollina

    I’ve never understood or tolerated the way people feel the need to dismiss and insult fashion. It is an industry like any other, a contributor to the economy, a source of employment for many people. Why is that something to be ridiculed? No-one is turning up to advertising industry awards and complaining about what a waste of space advertising is (…it is, right?!) No-one teases men for their shallow interest in cars or motorbikes or Victoria’s Secret models. So lay of my clothes, people, seriously. If women can’t get promotions and jobs in male dominated industries then why can’t we just have this one freaking thing where chicks are on top? The whole “fashion is bullshit” rant is just another chauvinistic, elitist way to make women feel bad about themselves and I will not take it!

  • Ma

    In times of widespread devastation such as ours, fashion weeks are the embodiment of panis et circensis (minus the panis – please forgive the pun) – not unlike major sports events, Hollywood, etc. Fashion, in my opinion, is a very valid, and specially popular art form. The way we clothe ourselves can externalise feelings and emotions, as well as make political statements. Fashion is capable of influencing so many circumstances throughout the globe (think of the supply chain, from cotton plantations worldwide to sweatshops in Southeast Asia et al to retailers in developed countries), and yet fashion week is still an elitist, status symbol event. The existence of what are essentially four fashion weeks per year, in multiple capitals throughout the globe, further the aforementioned effects without furthering the cause of fashion as an art form, and I personally find this troubling. In a way, I feel fashion weeks in general diminish fashion and its importance, instead of promoting it. I do recognise it is meant to be logistically helpful for people who work in the fashion industry – but does it achieve this purpose? (Based on how many articles pointing out how fashion people are rushing around town to catch all the shows, I venture a guess of “no”). In a way, I feel fashion weeks promote the lifestyle, but not the art form, and only furthers the status of those attending the events, but not that of the artists, who are increasingly pressured to create commercially successful products, instead of pieces of art. Does that renders fashion week inherently meaningless? Not necessarily. But Jim Carrey isn’t insane for pointing out the hypocrisy of the whole show.

  • Camilla Ackley

    I’m tempted to pull Miranda Priestly right out of The Devil Wears Prada and let her do the whole cornflour blue speech on Carrey. Why be so dismissive of a multi-billion dollar industry? His treatment of Saddler seemed rude as well.

    Camilla