Jim Carrey debuts brutal new painting of elephant killing poachers
While Jim Carrey was once known for his outlandish comedic performances in movies such as The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and Ace Ventura, he's making headlines for a very different reason in recent times. After his transformation from actor to artist, he has acted a little odd from time-to-time but has ended up focusing that energy into his art - which often has a political leaning.
It's fair to say that Carrey is by no means a fan of the current president nor anyone in his administration, something reflected in his paintings. Over the past few weeks, he has stepped up his game, painting more and more each week, with a range of different targets.
He initially caused some disquiet after posting a portrait of White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, along with the caption: "This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the Wicked. Monstrous!"
Then came his opportunity to mock Donald Trump himself by giving a little twist to the Celebrity Apprentice host's unforgettable look, writing: "THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST WING AND PUTIN’S FLYING MONKEYS".
Just last week he struck again, this time painting Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. It depicts Kushner standing in front of Midtown tower, his family's property at 666 E. 5th Street, as it burns down. The caption reads "Self-Unmade Man", possibly highlighting the nepotism at play in Kushner reaching such a powerful position in the current presidential administration - and the address of 666 is clearly a reference to the number of the devil.
However, not all his paintings are so direct. After the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, he tweeted a painting of a dead schoolgirl lying on the American flag, with the caption "Oh say, can't you see?" - making clear his opinions on gun violence in the United States.
Now he's taken aim at poachers, who have been in the news more and more in recent years. it comes in just a day after a Russian trophy hunter made the news, after shooting a large bull elephant dead in Zimbabwe. The painting features an elephant goring poachers, guns in hand, on each tusk, along with the hashtag #teamelephant.
Taking place in a conservancy called Naivasha on the border of the Gonarexhou National Park, the 14-day hunt was lead by Martin Pieters, the ex-chairman of the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association. According to Africa Geographic, the elephant - which was killed on March 7 - was wearing a research tag at the time, something the hunters deny knowing about.
Pieters and the unnamed Russian hunter went out with two trackers, a park ranger and a local council representative, and technically it was all a legal expedition. The Frankfurt Zoological Society, who had tagged the elephant for research, released a carefully-worded statement about the incident:
"There is no law that protects a collared animal from being hunted in Zimbabwe, but there is general acceptance that the ethical position is that a hunter will avoid shooting an animal with a collar."
It seems that Carrey isn't the only one up in arms about the death of the animal, nor the other incidents of poaching that bring an end to often-endangered species for the sake of money.