Jim Carrey made a big statement on Friday’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” by simply wearing a new pair of shoes.
Making his first-ever appearance on HBO’s political talk show, Carrey showed up sporting a brand-new pair of sneakers in support of Colin Kaepernick.
“Check this out. I went out today and bought me some Nikes!” declared the star of new Showtime dramedy “Kidding” as he lifted his feet onto the desk.
“I bought me some freedom-friendly Nikes!” he added as the studio audience cheered in approval.
As anyone who’s viewed Carrey’s Twitter account in recent months already knows, the Canadian comedian is no fan of U.S. President Donald Trump, whom he discussed with Maher.
Carrey lamented the fate of American children “growing up right now… who are learning to lie, that lying is OK, that it’s fake news, that you’re supposed to hate half the country.”
As he sees it, Americans need to find common ground to heal the vast political divide that’s tearing the country apart. “If anything, if anything, we’ve got to get back to a place where we realize that a vote is not who you are, and because you voted Republican you’re not stupid, you’re not different, you’re not worthless,” he explained. “I can break bread with anybody who voted for Trump, we could find some common ground to love each other. Just stop doing stupid s**t.”
During his chat, Carrey discussed his artwork, and explained his intention behind a particular painting of Abraham Lincoln with a tear running down his cheek.
“He had the worst tribulations our country’s ever faced and brought us together,” Carrey said, contrasting Lincoln with Trump. “Now, the opposite is happening — we have a president who started out when the country was together and had a wonderful leader, and [Trump] is tearing us limb from limb.”
He added: “He’s a car salesman, he’s a used car salesman, and he didn’t make America great again but he did turn back the odometer.”
Meanwhile, Maher steered the conversation toward another comedian: former “SNL” star Al Franken, who resigned from the Senate after some awkward photos and accusations that he groped women. As Maher sees it, it’s time to forgive Franken so he can return to doing what he does best: irritating Donald Trump.
“The one thing that gets under [Trump’s] skin, besides red dye number two, is being made fun of,” said Maher. “We need someone who can shred Trump like a stand-up takes down a heckler, because Trump is a heckler.”
Comparing Franken to the late Ted Kennedy, Maher pointed out that Kennedy was able to serve in the Senate for decades after the Chappaquiddick scandal.
“Are Democrats really going to send away one of our ablest warriors for being a waist-grabber? He didn’t drive her off a bridge and leave her to drown. Can we get some perspective?” quipped Maher.
“We can have MeToo and Al Franken — they’re not mutually exclusive,” he added. “It’s time to get Al off the bench so he can come back to doing what he does better than any other Democrat: Taking down right-wing blowhards. I want to see Al Franken debate Donald Trump. And by the way, so do you.”