Comedians often land in hot water because of their jokes, but for Jim Carrey, it’s his hobby that has earned him criticism. Over the weekend, the “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” actor tweeted an image of one of his paintings — this one an unflattering close-up portrait of a scowling woman who is believed to be White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — and captioned it thusly: “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!”
Reaction was swift — and harsh.
Among those who slammed the painting was former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Sanders’s father. On Monday morning, he tweeted a link to a “Fox and Friends” story about the painting and added his own commentary. “Pathetic BULLY, sexist, hater, bigot & ‘Christaphobe’ @jimcarrey attacks @PressSec for her faith; what would be hypocritical Hollywood reaction if he called someone a ‘so-called Muslim’ or ‘so-called Jew?’
#classlessCarrey,” Huckabee wrote.
Sanders did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Carrey, who said in the short film “I Needed Color” that he started painting as a way to heal after his split with actress Jenny McCarthy, has often used his art to skewer President Trump and his GOP allies. Targets of his portraits include Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Trump’s chief of staff, John F. Kelly.
Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the name of the Carrey doc as “I Need Color.”