My first love confession was to Russell Cullen in 1993. Though he wasn’t a sparkly, pale vampire of Twilight’s coveted Cullen clan, he was a… sigh… dreamy boy. He was also the first boy I wrote a love letter to. I remember covertly sneaking into the classroom 15 minutes before lunchtime was over, slipped the heart-shaped folded piece of paper into his desk, then did a little roll and tumble through the window. No one saw me, nor did I state my name in the letter. That was as bold as my love confessions have ever gotten.
I’m ashamed to say, my boldness never matured past age 11. Jim Carrey, however, seems to have boldness in spades. Regardless of whether his video love confession to the 23 year-old Emma Stone is real or a publicity stunt, his creepiness factor and ingenuity were undeniable. With his face uncomfortably close to the camera (I felt my personal space being invaded through the camera), the overly long pauses with intensely piercing gaze, the quivering lip while whispering “I love you” to the camera, were some of the most uneasy 1 minutes and 53 seconds of my life. I haven’t even delve into the content of his confession.
The video starts relatively normally, “I think you are all the way beautiful… and if I were a lot younger, I would marry you and we’d have chubby, freckle-faced kids. And we’d laugh all day and go camping and play Yahtzee and tell ghost story by the fire…” Then it gets worse, but you’ll just have to watch it for yourself.
Being that it’s the web, Carrey received both cheers and jeers. Most of the backlash I’ve read are related to the age difference between him and Stone. Hollywood is filled with May-December (or even February-December) romances, couples like Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh; and of course, Hugh Hefner and all of his romantic partners since 1989.
Granted, Carrey’s approach was unorthodox, but certainly original and mildly entertaining, in a creepy sort of way. As I sign off for the weekend, I wish all the readers, “continued success… most of all, I wish you love and contentment. That’s all.”