Comedic actor Jim Carrey is receiving some heat online after joking in an interview that a female reporter was the only thing left to do on his bucket list.
While interviewing him about his role as Dr. Robotnick in the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Charlotte Long of Heat Magazine asked Carrey:
"In the film, Sonic has a bucket list. I was wondering, after all you've done in your career and in your life, is there anything still left on your bucket list?"
"Just you. That's it, it's all done now."
Long seemed to take the joke in stride, covering her mouth and laughing before saying:
"Wow. I don't know what to say to that!"
Carrey told her:
"Just own it."
Many Twitter users spoke out against Carrey's comment, saying it was at best creepy and, at worst, predatory.
@CharlotteLLong Such a huge of @JimCarrey but lost respect for him today. This is really unacceptable, I wish and h… https://t.co/kfkfiR9wQ4— Renison Pereira #TimesUpIndia (@Renison Pereira #TimesUpIndia) 1581506465.0
Others felt what Carrey said was ultimately harmless flirting.
But many pointed out that, while flirting may be acceptable in other contexts, Long was a professional in her workplace.
Jim Carrey tells a female reporter she's the only thing left "to do" on his bucket list, and...EW WTF. https://t.co/pFSdvMtr8p— Perez Hilton (@Perez Hilton) 1581540834.0
@PerezHilton Gross...— Emma Freeman (@Emma Freeman) 1581540880.0
@PerezHilton Are you kidding me?!! I was looking for a year on this, but it’s new?! Ugh. This is the sh*t we deal w… https://t.co/YsrnNeEGLW— Elle (@Elle) 1581550796.0
Many people on Twitter were cringing over the interview.
@PerezHilton https://t.co/otXCEfb4b6— 🦹🏻♀️✨ (@🦹🏻♀️✨) 1581552246.0
Some of Carrey's fans, however, felt the joke had been misinterpretted.
The actor was only referring to being interviewed by Long.
This fake Jim Carrey outrage is insane. He clearly meant the interview with her was the last thing on his bucket li… https://t.co/FzkS5DKPWR— Not my real name (@Not my real name) 1581571996.0
@yesitsmeguru @Renison007 @CharlotteLLong @JimCarrey He didn't insinuate sex, he said he was done with his bucket l… https://t.co/jWRnogNJbS— John (@John) 1581559220.0
Nevertheless, the online outrage at Carrey was hard to contain.
If Jim's joke was truly harmless, he should be a little more careful next time with his phrasing. No one wants to be accused of creeping out women in their workplace.