Comedy legend Jim Carrey found himself in hot water with Twitter users after an appearance on Irish chat star Graham Norton’s BBC show.
Fans took exception to a conversation between Carrey and Australian star Margot Robbie, in which Carrey appeared to suggest that Robbie’s success was due to her looks rather than her talent.
The pair were on the show to promote their respective 2020 movies – Carrey with Sonic the Hedgehog and Robbie with Birds of Prey.
Carrey started off by saying he was glad to meet Robbie as he had never gone to Australia but knows a lot of Australians.
However, the Dumb and Dumber star then made sarcastic comments about why Robbie had achieved such acclaim.
He said: “I wanted to talk to you because you’re amazing and I’m so excited for you.
“It’s incredible that you’ve got as far as you have with your obvious physical disadvantages, it’s unbelievable, it’s really something.”
He then turned to Norton and added: “That’s just pure talent there. That’s a talent override there.”
Robbie laughed along with the others but people on social media said that Carrey’s comments were disrespectful and creepy.
One person said: “Did anyone else think Jim Carrey comment about Margot Robbie on the Graham Norton show was not okay. She’s an amazing actress and now a successful producer, had it been a male actor in her seat I doubt Jim Carrey would have commented on their ‘obvious physical disadvantages’.”
Another added: “Margot Robbie should win an Oscar for pretending to like Jim Carrey.”
Another Twitter user said: “I’m sorry, WHAT did Jim Carrey just say to Margot Robbie on #GrahamNortonShow ?!? Surely implying someone only got where they are because of their looks instead of their talent is not ok?? #creepyweirdo”
However, some people defended the comedian.
One person said: “I think he’s implying that she’s not only beautiful but talented. A lot of people don’t make it in Hollywood who aren’t considered, what they think, beautiful but are so talented. It’s a shame because we are all missing out, I’m sure.”
Another added: “Omg, people sense of humour has died. He was being humourously sarcastic.”
Another user commented: “She genuinely doesn’t look uncomfortable or awkward in the slightest and probably wasn’t offended. The media is toxic.”
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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling