Whether you love them or hate them, this decade is almost certainly going to be remembered as the era of the selfie. Some of the most famous ones are almost like works of art. But for one Hollywood star, the selfie isn't just a harmless way to capture a moment - it's something far more problematic.
In a roundtable with the Hollywood Reporter this week, comedian and actor, Jim Carrey, has derided the trend of fans snapping a picture with their favorite star. And his reasoning behind his strong objections? Well, we hate to say it, but it kind of makes sense.
Jim Carrey is one of Hollywood's best-loved actors.He first rose to fame in gross-out comedy movies such as Dumb & Dumber and Ace Ventura, where his seemingly elastic face and never-ending supply of energy gained much fan acclaim.
Since then, he's shown a remarkable range.Carrey has starred in films across a wide range of genres, including a range of excellent romcoms like Bruce Almighty.
But Carrey doesn't shy away from more dramatic roles, either.He gained a lot of critical praise for his role in dystopian reality television satire, The Truman Show. He also played the romantic straight-man lead in artsy classic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Alongside his acting success, Carrey has had to deal with a certain level of fame.Particularly in the '90s, Carrey was one of the most recognizable faces in the celebrity world. His hugely successful film roles led to a legion of loyal fans.
At first, Carrey seemed to court the public's attention.But in recent years, he's become a lot more private and less keen on holding his spot in the public eye. In fact, he's often quite critical of society's obsession with fame.
Carrey has often been keen to troll the paparazzi.
via: Getty ImagesHere he is in 2008, wearing then-girlfriend Jenny McCarthy's bathing suit - perhaps as a commentary on how women are treated by the media, or perhaps just to induce a laugh.
But there's no shortage of snaps of Carrey.
via: ShutterstockIf you're as famous as he is - and attend high profile celebrity events with such regularity - it makes sense that you'd be pretty used to getting your picture taken.
It seems like Carrey hasn't had such a problem with it in the past.
via: Getty ImagesThere are many past scenes in which Carrey seems perfectly happy to stop and pose for a snap - whether requested by paps or by fans.
But it seems that, over the years, Carrey has got less keen on posing for pics.
via: Getty ImagesIn a comedian's roundtable that was released this week, Carrey revealed his opinion on the thorny topic of celebrity selfies - and it seems he's taken quite a strong view.
Carrey claims that his selfie days are over.
via: Getty ImagesBut that doesn't mean that he doesn't enjoy interacting with fans - in fact, he says it's quite the opposite. It's just the means of the interaction that he'd rather change.
Carrey says he's no longer worried about disappointing fans.
via: Getty Images"I dropped the whole trying to be something for somebody a long time ago. I don’t feel there is a pressing responsibility to please everyone."
Although it's clear that he was keen to snap selfies in the past.
via: Getty ImagesHere's Carrey caught in the act just last year. But now it seems like it's all changed, and we won't catch Carrey at it again.
Now Carrey prefers a different kind of interaction."I’m not unkind to people, but I would much prefer saying hello and who are you and what are you doing today to giving a selfie," Carrey explained.
Why? "Because selfies stop life," Carrey explains."You go [contorts his face], “Eeehh". And then it’s going on Instagram to give people a false sense of relevance." Well, consider us told!
Carrey also mentioned his non-selfie-taking idol."Everybody was so gaga about Steve Jobs," he joked. "But I picture him in hell running from demons who want a selfie."
Many agree with Carrey's opinions.Some have taken to social media to agree with this anti-selfie stance, because many view selfie-taking as something representative of the downfall of society.
Although others have their suspicions.Some suspect that there's a secret "real reason" behind Carrey's reluctance to appear in photographs - and it's less philosophical and more superficial.
Although selfies do have certain problems.We now live in a society in which, if something is not announced on social media, it's almost as if the event didn't happen, which is a pretty weird way to think.
Some have pointed out this comparison.
@SypherPK @aydan yall gotta practice the Keanu Reeves no touch selfies.... https://t.co/d4sqpZjBdX— TYFDisciple (@TYFDisciple)1560622928.0