Jim Carrey hasn’t made a good movie in ten years, but his hyperpartisan, dark and dreary sketches make his recent run of critical and box office bombs (like “Dark Crimes,” which scored a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes) look like real works of art.
Like most of his colleagues in Hollywood, Carrey has become increasingly political and Trump-obsessed since Hillary Clinton forgot to go to the Rust Belt, but what’s most disturbing about his cynical, grotesque and emphatically unfunny work is his depiction of women associated with Trump. He seems to particularly revel in mocking their appearances and portraying them as subhuman monsters guilty of “kidnapping” and “murdering” innocents.
In just the last two weeks, Carrey has targeted two prominent Trump admin women, White House Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Department of Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen. On December 19th, the washed-out actor posted a drawing of Sanders as “the Gorgon,” who will “turn your heart to stone” — or at least his portrait of her will:
Two days after Christmas, Carrey accused Nielsen of being a “kidnapper” and murderer after an immigrant child died while in the care of DHS, a tragedy he blames on Nielsen, whom he suggested is a Nazi.
“Now we add a second child to your list of murders. Callin’ it your job don’t make it right, Fraulein Kirstjen,” he wrote.
Carrey also took aim at Mississippi Republican Cindy Hyde Smith, whom he depicted as twisted-faced “hate-monger” holding up a noose, presumably to hang minorities:
Carrey has also lampooned First Lady Melania Trump, particularly mocking her for her foreign accent and her “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” jacket.
“Nothing comforts a federally-abducted refugee child like a photo op with a Slovenian model wearing a coat that says she doesn’t give two craps about your misery,” he wrote in an image depicting her saying, “Smile for me darlink. I came very long way.”
Perhaps the most infamous of Carrey’s satirical pieces was another one attacking “monstrous” Sarah Sanders, which again portrayed her in a deformed manner. In the piece, posted in March, he took his criticism of her a step further by questioning the sincerity of her Christian faith.
“This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!” he wrote in March.
That piece prompted some of Carrey’s fans to turn on him and Sanders’ famous father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, to push back.
“Pathetic BULLY, sexist, hater, bigot & ‘Christaphobe’ @jimcarrey attacks @PressSec for her faith; what would be hypocritical Hollywood reaction if he called someone a ‘so-called Muslim’ or ‘so-called Jew?’ ” Huckabee tweeted, adding “#classlessCarrey.”
Carrey responded to the backlash by declaring that he was “gratified” by the reaction to his ugly depiction of Sanders.
“I am so gratified by the reaction to my little drawings. It is the job of a political cartoon to vex those who abuse power or enable those abuses,” he said. “This administration has been lying to the American people from day one while plundering the country and debasing our values. And those who cover for this shameful mobster of a President are putting makeup on a melanoma and telling the cancer patient that everything’s fine. Monstrous? You bet!”
While Carrey appears to enjoy portraying Trump women as grotesque monsters, he spends most of his energy smearing Trump as a simultaneously buffoonish and Machiavellian figure whose actions are supposedly leading to piled up bodies and the unraveling of American democracy, or something.
A few examples of some of Carrey’s obsessively Trump-focused posts from just the last two months: