Jim Carrey has spent a bunch of time over the past several years holed up in his studio, drawing, painting and sculpting. And for several months, he has been tweeting out his political cartoons, featuring captions attacking the Trump administration and prominent Republicans.
But his latest has drawn some loud criticism. The cartoon — believed to be White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — shows a scowling woman, which he referred to as a “so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked.”
“Fox and Friends” did a segment on the portrait, asking, “too far?” Sanders’s father, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, picked up on it, tweeting Monday that Carry was “Pathetic BULLY, sexist, hater, bigot & ‘Christaphobe.’”
The unflattering caricature and harsh caption are in line with a lot of Carrey’s other political cartoons.
After the presidential election, Carrey tweeted a sketch with the caption: “Don’t worry. What we are is bigger than our differences, bigger than our president, bigger than our red, white and blues.”
He followed that with anti-Trump memes.
Carrey tweeted his first political cartoon in August 2017, showing President Trump sailing on a sea of “lies” and asking “WHAT WILL IT TAKE for the GOP to throw this madman overboard?”
Known for both his slapstick comedic performances (“Dumb and Dumber”) and more serious roles (“The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind“), Carrey has in recent years disappeared from the spotlight, popping up for bizarre red carpet interviews and projects such as a Netflix documentary about his role as Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon” (1999).
While his paintings cover a variety of subjects, he has painted Trump several times. And he started tweeting such sketches more regularly starting in November. The images depict Trump and his associates as buffoonish and frightening caricatures.
Carrey has also targeted Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, paid tribute to Stephen Hawking, drawn a crying President Abraham Lincoln and criticized the GOP tax plan with a sketch of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan.
Fox News, Breitbart and Daily Caller have all written about the cartoons over the past several months.
In a September 2017 interview with W Magazine, Carrey said it was cathartic to paint Trump, adding, “I think no one can really escape that aspect of life at this moment — the feeling of loss of control.” And Carrey likened tweeting and drawing political cartoons to having a part to play in an unwanted battle.
“Every day at some point there’s pretty much a peaceful acceptance of what’s going on in my life right now,” he continued, “but I do also tune in to the Republican — what could I call on it? — war on logic, intelligence, and compassion at least once a day.”
Carrey has been doing political cartoons “all along,” he told the magazine. “When I was in grade six, my teacher confiscated a bunch of the cartoons I made in the back of class of her being mutilated by bombs and axes, dogs chewing her leg, whatever. And then she sent them back to me when I got famous. [Laughs.] She’d been saving them; she said she knew something was going on there.”
But a lot of Carrey’s art has nothing to do with the president. He has painted James Dean and babies and mad elephants. He uses bright and psychedelic colors. And not everyone is a fan. (Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones called Carrey “an astonishingly bad painter and sculptor.”)
Jesus has been a frequent subject since his childhood.
“I’m not really about the historical person as much as I am the energy behind the person, but he’s constantly coming up in my head,” he told W. “… Jesus was a great soul and an amazing teacher.”
In 2017, Carrey released a short documentary, “I Needed Color,” that showed his fans how he threw himself into art.
“When I really started painting a lot, I became so obsessed that there was nowhere to move in my home,” Carrey said. “Paintings were everywhere. They became part of the furniture. I was eating off them.”