Jim Carrey Paints & Tweets Images of Trump, Stormy Daniels and Jared Kushner
Comedy icon Jim Carrey has returned to the spotlight via a new medium: paintings he shares on Twitter, condemning President Trump and his inner circle.
Jim Carrey has been doing stand up and acting for decades now, rising to fame in the early 1990s when he acted on the hit sketch TV show “In Living Color” and the comedy films Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask. He has also gone on to success as a dramatic actor, winning multiple awards including the Golden Globe for best actor.
Carrey has also harbored a lesser-known passion for painting. When talking about it in the short documentary film I Needed Colour, Carrey said: “I think what makes someone an artist is they make models of their inner life. They make something come into physical being that is inspired by their emotions or their needs or what they feel the audience needs.”
Carrey is doing just that lately—expressing his dismay at the current presidency through painting. This past week, the comic actor tweeted a slew of new paintings depicting Trump, his family and his staff in a highly unflattering light.
In one colorful piece that Carrey captioned “The Wicked Witch of the West Wing and Putin’s flying monkeys”, Trump is portrayed as just that: the wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz, flanked by flying monkeys.
If you liked my last cartoon you may also enjoy…
“THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST WING AND PUTIN’S FLYING MONKEYS“ pic.twitter.com/slBG7j1s8d
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 19, 2018
Another piece, which he called ‘Fifty Shades of Decay’, showed President Donald Trump having sex with Stormy Daniels.
The former porn star has made headlines around the world after her alleged affair with the president came to light. She claimed she slept with Trump several times before he was president and was paid $130,000 in 2016 by Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, to stay quiet.
Anderson Cooper interviewed Ms. Daniels on 60 Minutes this past Sunday.
Carrey also tweeted a portrait he painted of Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. The painting showed Kushner with dollar signs in his eyes, the numbers 666 behind him, and a building engulfed in flames—with a caption that read, “Self-Unmade Man.” The 666 may have been a reference to both the Kushner family’s flagship property at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City, and an allusion to evil.
Surprisingly, given how reactive Trump is on Twitter and Carrey’s global fame, there hasn’t been a response from the Commander in Chief.
Naturally, the public’s reaction to Carrey’s tweeted artworks is all over the map—tweeted respones have ranged from snide remarks at Carrey’s waning fame of late, to praising the freedom to express ourselves through art.
Carrey was one of the few public figures to defend fellow comic Kathy Griffin and her much criticized photo depicting her holding a severed head resembling Trump, last year. Carrey’s paintings haven’t been quite as graphic yet, but are certainly incendiary and provocative.
He isn’t the only comedian who’s turned to painting to express outrage at the current presidency either. Rosie O’Donnell has also taken to the canvas. Claiming it as therapeutic to vent her frustrations with Trump, she uses acrylics and digital alterations, often with captions conveying her views on Trump such as: Coward, Liar, Thief, Rapist.
O’Donnell has even gone so far as to sell her artwork on Etsy.com, donating the proceeds to charities “that [Trump] hates”, as she puts it—such as nonprofits like Planned Parenthood, gun control groups fighting the National Rifle Association, LGBTQ organizations, and others representing causes that have been under assault by the Trump administration.