Jim Carrey has released another political painting, and it's his most harrowing yet
Ever since Donald Trump won the presidential election in 2016, many mainstream celebrities have added a more political flavor to their interactions with the public. Kanye West has caused Twitter wars with a picture of his Make America Great Again hat, the likes of otherwise fairly neutral celebs such as Chrissy Teigen and Robert De Niro have come out to criticize the GOP, and - of course - Jim Carrey has been dividing fans with his (often explicit) portraits of the president.
For months now, the actor and comedian has been painting Trump and other members of his administration in less-than-flattering ways, and has thus far depicted the president as a Batman villain, a swamp creature, and, well... this:
And, despite the waves of negative criticism he receives, Carrey has been defiant in his pursuit of humiliating Trump & Co through his artwork. Sometimes, however, his paintings steer a little further away from satire, and a little closer to propaganda.
Take his most recent piece, for instance, which shows a young child being taken from their mother by two ICE agents. Carrey posted it yesterday with the caption:
"1500 innocent children ripped from their mothers’ arms at our border. Lost in Trump’s 'system'. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to breathe free -- and we will torture them for wanting a better life. From Shining City to Evil Empire in under 500 days."
This was, of course, in reference to the 7000+ children that federal agents had separated from their families who had attempted to enter the USA last year, 1,475 were subsequently "missing", and feared to have been handed over to child traffickers.
Recent reports have suggested that children are being separated from their families as a form of "deterrence" for immigrants (even those who are seeking asylum - which is legal), and essentially treating human lives as pawns in a seemingly heartless game.
"The vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people," said White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly earlier this month. "But they’re also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society ... They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws. But a big name of the game is deterrence."
In the wake of this, Trump has been blasted with questions about how he can justify so many innocent children slipping through the cracks of his system - but so far all he's done about the matter is to shift blame to the Democrats.
Carrey's painting also struck a chord with those who were angry at Ivanka Trump's recent tweet, in which she shared a picture of herself and her son. In any other context, this would be fine, but - after such tragic news concerning other young children - it seemed to imply she was not thinking of those missing kids at all.
Whether you side with Carrey or not in his decision to attack Trump in such a manner, you have to admit that he's got guts. Not many others have been willing to express their opinions and put their careers and reputations on the line in order to stand up to the president so overtly, and he deserves some commendation for that, at least.