Jim Carey's opinions about what any woman, and hence Elin Woods, knows about her husband's infidelity are pure bumkum, put forward for whatever reason Carey felt his opinions should be heard. And everyone, from his fellow Twitterers, to media commentators, to ordinary people in the street, has lined up to agree or disagree with him.
We all think we know about people generally - what they think in certain situations, how they feel, how they should act. After all, it's just "normal." And if we know in general, then we know for Elin Woods. End of discussion. Any deviation from the norm signals something amiss. Or so we believe.
The truth is that we really don't know what we think we know about how others live, think, react, feel.
Azaria Chamberlain in Austrailia. She was the infant who was probably stolen and killed by dingoes.
Azaria's mother, Lindy, always claimed that the baby was stolen by dingoes; but she was convicted in 1982 of murder and sentenced to life in prison with hard labour, in spite of evidence to the contrary.
In 1988, after the accidental discovery of a missing piece of Azaria's clothing, some ways away in an area of dingo lairs, the mother was exonerated of all charges.
The discovery of the clothing, a problem with some forensic evidence, and bias and invalid assumptions on the part of the jury, the public, and the media led to the court's decision to exonerate Chamberlain.
Lindy Chamberlain did not act as grieving mothers should act. She was not the stereotype of the mother whose child has just been stolen and killed. She was too cold and unemotional. The conclusion: She was the baby's killer.
Lindy Chamberlain reacted in a way that was different from what EVERYBODY KNOWS is normal. In her case, what people thought they knew led to her being imprisoned for six years. What else she suffered, only she could say.
For Elin Woods, what everybody knows will not lead to a legal sentence of life in prison, but cannot possibly have any positive effect on her or her situation. We don't know what she knew at any point.
The argument that everybody knows what wives with unfaithful husbands know is wrong. Any argument about what everybody knows about what people know, think, feel is suspect and damaging, possibly even dangerous.
It is a demonstrable fact that controversy often generates publicity. But what Jim Carey thinks he is doing by commenting in this way, or at all about Elin Woods, is something only he knows.