Jim Carrey paints his own 'official' Presidential portrait of Donald Trump and it's brutal

Jim Carrey paints his own 'official' Presidential portrait of Donald Trump and it's brutal

While most of us know Jim Carrey as the effervescent, energetic actor behind such characters as The Grinch, one half of Dumb & Dumber and the titular Bruce Dolan in Bruce Almighty, the 56-year-old has been more prolific as a painter than as an actor in recent times.

Indeed, it seems that barely a day goes by without some biting satirical cartoon or another isn't being unveiled by Carrey, whether it be his graphic depiction of two hunters impaled on an elephant's tusks;

A satirical cartoon of Donald Trump bathing in sewage;

Or a commentary on the ongoing data crisis at Facebook in the wake of the Camridge Analytica scandal;

Basically, if it's big news then Carrey has something to say - or rather, something to draw - about it.

The paintings, in truth, have been met with a mixed response; some believe that Carrey has overstepped the line on a couple of them, most notably this unflattering portrait of a White House official;

Far from being cowed by perceived criticism in some circles, though, Carrey's prolific nature as an artist persists, and his pieces certainly make waves on Twitter, where they receive many tens of thousands of likes and retweets.

It was, perhaps, inevitable then that Carrey would eventually decide to throw his hat into the ring with an "official" portrait of Donald Trump, as he wrote on Twitter;

"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. It’s called, 'You Scream. I Scream. Will We Ever Stop Screaming?'"

Unsurprisingly, it isn't an especially flattering depiction of the President, either.

Carrey has been an outspoken and consistent critic of Donald Trump since the former businessman ascended to the White House. In the wake of a  a state-wide alert that was mistakenly sent out to Hawaiian citizens warning them that a ballistic missile was inbound, Carrey, who was visiting Hawaii at the time, described a "real psychic warning."

"if we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination".

Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg has issued a statement after the extent of the data breach which saw a reported 50 million users have their data harvested by Cambridge Analytica;

"I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there's more to do, and we need to step up and do it.

"I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens on our platform. I'm serious about doing what it takes to protect our community.

"While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn't change what happened in the past."

With people beginning to delete their Facebook accounts in protest, it remains to be seen if Zuckerberg's words will be enough.