Jim Carrey ignites furious debate with new controversial Donald Trump painting
Over the past year or so, Jim Carrey's public image has changed significantly. Before, he was recognised as a comedic actor who'd had a few excellent roles in serious films - but perhaps not much more than that. Now, however, he's divided the internet with his politically-fuelled paintings and thinly-veiled Twitter rants, most of which concern Donald Trump.
In recent artworks, Carrey has called out the president for his involvement in talks with North Korea, his terrible handling of refugees entering the USA, and, of course, the ongoing Mueller investigation into his ties with Russia.
And you can bet that he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.
Every time he posts his latest piece of work, thousands of people come out in support of his outspoken resistance; meanwhile, thousands more show up to condemn him for his viewpoints. But Carrey doesn't seem to mind. In fact, he thrives on it, and continues to post yet more and more controversial images every few days or so.
His newest piece, which he posted on Twitter yesterday evening, already has over 7,000 retweets and 26,000 likes at the time of writing. However, it also has almost 1,000 comments... and not all of them are supportive.
But, when you see the subject of the painting, it's not difficult to understand why.
Yup, as if Carrey hadn't ticked off the GOP enough already, he decided to go ahead and depict their leader literally crucifying Christ. Talk about a powerful metaphor.
He captioned it: "Christianity, Trump style: 'Jesus was a loser. A failed carpenter. He's a savior because he was crucified. I like people that weren't crucified.'" This is, of course, an allusion to Trump's statement about John McCain, in which he said, "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured."
Understandably, this irked a lot of Republicans, with many of them calling Carrey out for his somewhat "blasphemous" portrait.
"What happened to you man?" wrote one Twitter user. "You used to project so much love."
"Another delusional Hollywood elitist spewing paranoid political rhetoric," added another.
Other people, however, had nothing but praise for the piece.
"Man, say what you will about Jim Carrey’s acting career, but his art statements are flat-out amazing," commented one supporter.
"Absolutely brilliant Jim," chimed in another. "Never stop creating such art in paint or in words. Priceless."
As I said, though, these mixed reactions only seem to spur Carrey on in his pursuit of political action.
Take this, which highlights Jeff Sessions' role in the immigration crisis:
Or this piece, which is just downright heartbreaking:
Carrey certainly enjoys pushing boundaries with his artwork but, given the current political climate, it's safe to say that there are boundaries which need pushing. Sure, it's easy for us to sit back and say that the actor is just another "Hollywood elite" with a political agenda - but he's also living in the same world as everyone else, and he's using his platform to show exactly what is happening in Trump's America.