Actor Jim Carrey appeared on Bill Maher’s show last week and sang the praises of socialism; at one point he stated, “We have to say yes to socialism — to the word and everything.”

Venezuelan journalist Laureano Márquez was appalled and wrote a searing response in which he noted that Venezuela’s on-going crises are the direct result of socialism. He also points out that people are “fleeing the country ‘however way they can’ as they do not have access to medication, food or other basic needs.”

Carrey can be seen making this claim in the following commercial for the Orwellian absurdity embraced by today’s leftists, “democratic socialism.”

It’s not at all clear to me why the Washington Post is making commercials for “democratic socialism,” but there it is.

Márquez found Carrey’s statement misguided and zinged him by noting that he finds Carrey to be very talented and that “it seems that the inability of Hollywood stars to understand politics is directly proportional to their talent.”

Fox News reports:

One week after Jim Carrey suggested we “say yes to socialism,” a Venezuelan journalist is speaking out against the actor’s suggestion.

. . . . In an article published in the Venezuelan outlet Runrunes, columnist Laureano Márquez argued that socialism is the root cause of the country’s current state of crisis.

“Dear Jim, I admire you a lot, but sometimes it seems that the inability of Hollywood stars to understand politics is directly proportional to their talent,” Marquez began his column.

“I read that…you said: ‘We have to say yes to socialism, to the word [‘socialism’] and to everything.’ Perhaps for you, as for all humanity, the word ‘socialism’ sounds beautiful,” he continued.

The journalist then went on to explain that while many define socialism as “the antithesis of selfishness, synonym of concern for others…support for the weakest and their needs, of seeking health and education for all,” in reality Marquez believes socialism today has “deep threats.”

“[In] Venezuela, what we find is just that our regime is not – for God’s sake – the antithesis of selfishness,” he wrote Wednesday. “In Venezuela, dear Jim, from what I have just told you, there is no equitable distribution of wealth; wealth is concentrated, as rarely before in our history, in very few hands.”

Here’s the full Carrey segment from Maher’s show: