Jim Carrey Skewers a Shirtless Donald Trump: Inside Actor's Most Controversial Political Artwork
The Ace Ventura actor, 56, who picked up painting about six years ago, has been demonstrating his political beliefs through his artwork. Carrey rarely explicitly names the subjects of his portraits but many appear to be prominent political figures. Over the past couple years, Carrey has taken to social media to share some of his pieces, which have generated praise, condemnation and everything in between.
On Monday, he posted a new portrait of soon-to-be National Security Adviser John Bolton, captioning the sketch, “Coming soon! ‘National Security Adviser 2: Armageddon Boogaloo.'” Bolton, who has been criticized for having hawkish foreign policy views, is drawn holding a pad of paper with a “to do” list that reads, “Declare war on Iran.” The diplomat is expected to be begin his role as National Security Adviser on April 9.
Days earlier, the actor shared a sketch depicting the commander-in-chief eating his preferred dessert, two scoops of ice cream, while rubbing an exposed nipple poking out from a blue bathrobe. Trump, drawn with his mouth agape, also looks to be yelling in the sketch.
“Dear Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery @NPG, I know it’s early but I’d like to submit this as the official portrait of our 45th President, Donald J. Trump,” Carrey captioned. “It’s called, ‘You Scream. I Scream. Will We Ever Stop Screaming?’ ”
On Wednesday, he shared a new image depicting Trump’s new attorney Joe diGenova as a Troll doll suspended from the rear-view mirror of a car driven by the president, who seems to be nervously sweating. The St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow and the Russian Federation’s flag is seen reflected in the rear-view mirror.
“Lawyer and lucky charm Joe diGenovia hopes to put Dirty Donald’s troubles in the rearview mirror. But the objects in the mirror are closer than they appear,” Carrey quipped in the caption.
The post comes just a day after Carrey shared a sketch of the president dressed at the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. He captioned, “THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST WING AND PUTIN’S FLYING MONKEYS.”
Carrey first shared a piece of Trump-related artwork in Aug. 2017, tweeting a sketch depicting the president on a sinking ship labeled “USS Trump.” His boat is shown dipping into a literal sea of lies. “WHAT WILL IT TAKE for the GOP to throw this madman overboard? HOW LOW MUST WE SINK before REPS become patriotic?” he captioned.
The sketch generated over 12,000 likes from fans, but, like all his posts, the comment section was filled with a mix of applause and derision from his many fans.
He shared another image of the president with the words “THIS ONE IS BROKEN” later that month. The post received 16,000 likes and more divisive comments, with one user writing, “I love your movies but you suck at politics. Stay with making movies.” While another commenter defended the actor, writing, “He can have a voice outside of movies. You have no right to tell anyone what to do.”
Another Trump portrait posted in November earned nearly double the likes as his initial offering, and courted over 1,000 comments. “Trump is the fear of utter worthlessness hiding in arrogance and brutality,” he captioned the sketch, along with the hashtag “BewareTheUnloved.”
His next piece came during Republican Roy Moore’s failed senate bid in November. The former Chief Justice ended up losing the race to Democrat Doug Jones amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct involving underage girls.
Steve Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist, was one of the driving forces behind the Moore campaign, and vehemently defended the candidate despite the accusations of sexual impropriety.
In November, Carrey posted an unflattering portrait of Bannon with the word “FOOL” written across the political provocateur’s face. “I’m Steve Bannon and I endorse Roy Moore for US Senate. He stands accused of molesting a 14yr old girl,but at least he’s not a Democrat!” the actor captioned the image.
He later posted a sketch of the candidate himself wearing a 10-gallon hat and holding a pistol, two accessories Moore was famous for touting at political rallies. “I don’t know yet if Roy Moore is guilty of pedophilia, but these allegations along w/ his religious extremism and intolerance make him unsuitable for the Senate,” Carrey captioned.
In a particularly controversial sketch, Carrey depicted the president appearing to kiss the exposed rear-end of a grinning Russian President Vladimir Putin. “They bailed him out, set him up and made him their stooge. With Trump in the WH, Putin may win the 3rd World War without firing a shot,” Carrey wrote, adding the caption “#PuckerUpPOTUS.”
Other prominent Republican politicians, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Congressman Trey Gowdy, Congressman Devin Nunes, Senator Marco Rubio and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan were satirized in the weeks to come.
Carrey criticized each politician on various subjects ranging from McConnell’s support of the Republican tax plan, Flynn’s firing, Gowdy’s decision not to seek reelection, Nunes’s controversial running of the House Intelligence Committee, Ryan’s views on healthcare and Rubio’s support of the NRA.
Carrey targeted Rob Porter, one of the president’s former top political aides who left the White House amid a sexual abuse scandal in February, writing, “It should no longer be a surprise to people that Caveman Trump would hire a man like Porter, who’s accused of beating his wives. If you want nasty things done, you hire nasty people. That’s how criminal syndicates thrive.”
The image, one of his most liked sketches, showed the former aide walking across the White House lawn while dragging a woman by her hair and giving the middle finger.
Then in February, Carrey sketched Rick Gates, a political consultant and ex business partner of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States and making false statements.
But the actor’s most controversial portrait, which was also his most liked on Twitter, came in March with a portrait of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!” Carrey, 56, captioned the post.
Shortly after the actor shared his portrait of Sanders, some Twitter users quickly spoke out against Carrey.
Wrote one, “And this is one more reason that I’m done with Hollywood. It’s ok to be mean and hurtful as long as it’s to someone you disagree with, right? Btw, this is a classic example of bullying. But again, it’s ok as long as it’s someone you disagree with, right?”
But not everybody was offended by Carrey’s sketch, with one user writing, “I think Jim Carrey’s painting of Sarah Huckabee Sanders truly captures her essence.”
“You can tell what I love by the color of the paintings,” he said in the video, posted to Vimeo. “You can tell my inner life by the darkness in some of them and you can tell what I want from the brightness in some of them.”
The actor went on to reveal that he began to turn toward painting more and more to express himself when he found himself looking for a way to deal with his emotions during a particularly difficult time in his life.
“I sketched all the time, but I didn’t do a lot of painting,” he said in the video. “Suddenly, 6 years ago, at a time when I was trying to heal a broken heart, I decided, ‘Well, maybe I’ll paint.'”