Jim Carrey blasts Donald Trump with brutal new portrait
On Friday, an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand resulted in the deaths of 50 people, and the injury of many others. The incident was the worst mass shooting in the country's history, and has had a significant effect on people all over the world - whether it be support shared for the families of the victims or fear over the motivations of the gunman responsible.
Jim Carrey often shares his artwork on Twitter, usually reflecting on a recent news story - and last weekend was no different. The day after the attacks in Christchurch, the actor painted a partial self-portrait of himself shedding a tear. Inside his eye is an aerial view of the country.
“My heart is with you New Zealand. My tears are for all of us,” the actor wrote next to the illustration.
This artwork was followed up the next day by another piece, this time taking aim at Donald Trump. Far from complimentary, the artwork depicts Trump as an asteroid hurtling towards Earth, with a swastika on his forehead.
"Innocent people are now being slaughtered, families ruined and childrens’ lives destroyed. All in his name," the caption read. "If the Craven Republican Senate allows this vile miscreant to continue encouraging devisiveness, the 'Trump Presidency' will become an EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT."
Following the New Zealand attacks, Trump expressed sympathy for the victims, but played down the threat of white nationalism connected to the gunman and other recent perpetrators of terrorism.
"I think it's a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess," he said when asked during an oval office press conference, and when he was asked if he thought white nationalism was a global rising threat, he said: "I don't really."
The connection drawn between Trump and the man responsible for the Christchurch shootings come from documents relating to the gunman. In a manifesto later shared online by some outlets, a man believed to be the attacker confirmed his belief in white nationalism, mentioned Trump by name and referred to him as a "symbol of renewed white identity".
Despite Trump's dismissal of the idea that white supremacy is on the rise, or a threat in any way, there is some data to support this idea in the United States.
According to research by the Anti-Defamation League, white supremacist propaganda efforts increased by 182 per cent in 2018. Last August, Quartz said data showed that over half of the terrorist incidents taking place in the US in 2017 were motivated by anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, or xenophobic actions.
Following what happened in Christchurch last week, the country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, confirmed that talks were in place to change laws about firearms in the country - including the ban of semi-automatic rifles.