Venezuelan columnist Laureano Márquez retaliated with a scathing column
Following Jim Carrey’s all-out push on socialism, a Venezuelan journalist has hit back with a harsh fact check that cites his own experience with the social system in his own country.
Following Carrey’s appearance last week on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” – the actor said that Democrats should “say yes to socialism, to the word and everything,” causing a huge backlash amongst conservatives.
Venezuelan columnist Laureano Márquez retaliated with a scathing column on Wednesday for news outlet Runrunes, criticizing Carrey’s distorted worldview.
“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,” wrote Marquez.
“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.”
Many, Marquez explained, view 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,” the economic system actually has “deep threats.”
“[In] Venezuela, what we find is just that our regime is not – for God’s sake – the antithesis of selfishness,” he continued.
“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.”
“At God’s mercy” under socialism with little access to the most basic human needs, Venezuelans seek to escape “however way they can.”
“[This is] a tragedy that is compounded by the denial of a regime that claims that the population has never been better.”
Carrey says he went out and bought “some freedom friendly Nikes” after seeing the company’s recent anti-American ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, as a “thank you” to the athlete.
During Friday’s edition of Real Time with Bill Maher, Carrey described his purchase as a “salute” to the sportswear brand’s embrace of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Carrey walked on set and put his shoes on the table to show off his new Nike sneakers, which he claims he bought to celebrate both Nike and Kaepernick himself.
“I went out today and bought me some Nike’s, some freedom friendly Nikes,” Carrey said.