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When Jim Carrey Praised Socialism, This Venezuelan Columnist Felt the Need to Respond

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Comedian, armchair revolutionary and general crazy person Jim Carrey recently ruffled the feathers of American conservatives when he emphatically expressed his support for saying “yes” to socialism on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher last week.

Carrey also happened to catch the attention of journalists abroad, who have a bit more experience with socialism than the wealthy comedian with a decades-long career in one of the top-paying industries in the most prosperous nation in the history of all mankind.

Journalists in countries like, you know, Venezuela, who have experienced in real-time the awful, inhumane failures of Venezuela that the Amerian left seems to almost pathologically turn a blind eye to.

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Fox News reports that columnist Laureano Márquez penned his objection to Carrey’s avid support of socialism in the outlet Runrunes by explaining how socialism has led to his country’s devastating crisis.

“Dear Jim, I admire you a lot, but sometimes it seems that the inability of Hollywood stars to understand politics is directly proportional to their talent,” Marquez began his column.

“I read that…you said: ‘We have to say yes to socialism, to the word [‘socialism’] and to everything.’ Perhaps for you, as for all humanity, the word ‘socialism’ sounds beautiful,” he continued.

The journalist then went on to explain that while many define socialism as “the antithesis of selfishness, synonym of concern for others…support for the weakest and their needs, of seeking health and education for all,” in reality Marquez believes socialism today has “deep threats.”

“[In] Venezuela, what we find is just that our regime is not – for God’s sake – the antithesis of selfishness,” he wrote Wednesday. “In Venezuela, dear Jim, from what I have just told you, there is no equitable distribution of wealth; wealth is concentrated, as rarely before in our history, in very few hands.”

Marquez explained that people in Venezuela are “at God’s mercy” and are fleeing the country “however way they can” as they do not have access to medication, food or other basic needs.

“[This is] a tragedy that is compounded by the denial of a regime that claims that the population has never been better.”

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Fox adds that they were unable to reach a Carrey rep for comment, unsurprisingly.

 

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