When Jim Carrey joked that Margot Robbie’s success was because of her looks, he was called “rude” and “awkward.”
The actor, 58, made the remark to the actress, 29 when they appeared on Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show to promote their respective projects.
“You’re really something, Margot Robbie,” he said. “It’s incredible you got as far as you have with your obvious physical disadvantages. That’s pure talent there.”
He then went on to perform a ‘prepared’ song for Daniel Kaluuya, in which he sang the actor’s name to the tune of Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah.
Margot, who is on a promotional tour for her new superhero movie Birds of Prey, looked surprised as she laughed at Jim’s remark, but fans were not fooled, calling the encounter ‘rude,’ ‘awkward,’ and ‘creepy.’
“Direct object insult,” one person tweeted, with another adding: ”Did Jim Carrey just tell Margot Robbie she’s got where she is because of her looks? Can’t stand the man tbh.”
Another angered fan wrote: “Don’t put creepy Kim Carrey on again! Poor Margot Robbie! Jealous Jim! Margot is a talented, intelligent woman and her beauty has nothing to do with her success!
“What a humiliating situation!” Margot handled the moron with elegance and dignity!” I shuddered.
‘Margot Robbie was my spirit animal tonight with her barely concealed disdain for the rude, manic and downright embarrassing Jim Carey (sic),’ one person commented.
‘Well I for one think @MargotRobbie was very gracious in the face of huge condescension and blatant rudeness from Jim Carey (sic),’ another viewer said.
Another observer said that if Carrey had been seated next to a male performer, he would not have made a comment on their appearance.
“Did anyone else think Carrey’s comment was not okay? She’s an amazing actress and now a successful producer. Had it been a male actor in her seat, I doubt he would have commented on their ‘obvious physical disadvantages’.”
“Starting to see behind the curtain with Jim Carrey,” wrote another. “He bombed on the Graham Norton Show trying so hard he actually made Margot Robbie tilt away from him.”
‘Jim Carey basically telling Margot Robbie her career is based on her looks. To her actual face. What?! She looked a bit blind sided,’ wrote another critic.
However, several viewers believed Carrey’s first remark was a “harmless” jest and that Robbie was having a good time.
‘Jim Carrey was genuinely commending Margot Robbie – the comment about her making it despite obvious physical disadvantages was a secondary afterthought,’ one fan stated in response to a fan criticizing the actor.
‘If he was scorning anyone, it was Hollywood, of whom Jim is famously critical – not Margot, whom he was clearly complimenting.’
While another gushed: “I think he was actually paying her a compliment about her obviously natural beauty.”
Another said: ‘The fact it was said in jest makes it a joke? One Margot Robbie herself laughed at but one you are feeling you have to be offended on her behalf for?
‘You’re right though, and we’re all wrong, including Margot Robbie. Liberal feminist Jim Carey is actually a sexist now right? (sic)’