Over the last several years, Jim Carrey has eschewed his big-budget comedy career in favor of walking his own path. The iconic comedian and actor known for roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (and about a dozen others) has instead focused on his spiritual journey.
The result of that (admittedly kooky) sojourn has turned Carrey into a thoughtful and optimistic person, who also happens to be a little bit of an oddball.
Okay, listening to him talk, you’d probably be forgiven for thinking that Jim Carrey is a little bit of a nut, but when you’re cemented in comedy history, you can afford to get a little bit out there on the edge. Besides, anyone looking for a glimmer of the old Jim Carrey need to look no further than his Twitter feed to find the edgy comedian you’ve loved for three decades.
Over the course of his ongoing protest, Carrey’s work has coalesced into enjoyable gonzo pop art, even as he demonstrates a joy for the semi-pornographic and scatological. It may not be high brow, but it sure is entertaining.
Jim Carrey, Twitter Artist
Here's another piece of somethin' I'm painting just for fun. That's all i can show you now. B^j pic.twitter.com/Sk6h4IHShd
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 19, 2013
Jim Carrey has been an active Twitter user for almost a decade, and he’s been posting fragments of his artwork for years. About two-and-a-half years ago, however, the presidential campaign of a certain dill hole with a combover ignited an aggressiveness in Carrey’s tweets that elicited a slew of incisive, scathing work reminiscent of the daring stuff that made him famous.
He started off small, urging people to vote in the election, and creating or retweeting homemade graphics that were critical of the Trump campaign. Even after Trump took office, Carrey’s input into the political conversation was mostly innocuous. Then, last August, a bunch of dicks sporting tiki torches gave a face to the growing disease of the American public. The next day, Carrey tweeted out a picture of Donald Trump, sinking into a sea of lies.
WHAT WILL IT TAKE for the GOP to throw this madman overboard? HOW LOW MUST WE SINK before REPS become patriotic? 8^Q pic.twitter.com/9EJVYD5qOP
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 16, 2017
That was just the lead in for Jim Carrey’s Twitter art extravaganza. A few months later, he began posting portraits of prominent figures in the Trump administration and the GOP. Their was the head honcho:
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) November 3, 2017
There was a picture of now-deposed Trump advisor Steve Bannon, accurately pegged with his official title.
I’m Steve Bannon and I endorse Roy Moore for US Senate.He stands accused of molesting a 14yr old girl,but at least he’s not a Democrat! ?8^¥ pic.twitter.com/p2ojKqVS47
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) November 10, 2017
Carrey even painted a startlingly accurate portrait of Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin, but it’s a little bit racy in its honesty, so click on that link at your own discretion.
Getting the Attention of Huck
While the rest of us stewed over the President’s continued jackanapery, Carrey shouted his discontent from the rooftops. For the most part, however, Carrey’s antics mostly acted as a kind of stress release for his 18 million Twitter followers. Then, in March of this year, Carrey continued his string of Trump administration portraits with this beautiful depiction of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous! pic.twitter.com/MeYLTy1pqb
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 17, 2018
The less-than-flattering portrait saw quick blowback from conservative Tweeters, who called Carrey a has-been and criticized his use of the word “Christian.” Even Sanders’ father, former Arkansas governor (and super Christian) Mike Huckabee found himself incapable of turning the other cheek.
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?" #classlessCarrey https://t.co/HCqHoER0Ru
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) March 19, 2018
At this point in the Hollywood scandal cycle, the celebrity in question is usually working on the first draft of a half-hearted apology. That’s the way that these things tend to run. Instead, Carrey responded to the hatred by poking the bear.
If you liked my last cartoon you may also enjoy…
"THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST WING AND PUTIN’S FLYING MONKEYS“ pic.twitter.com/slBG7j1s8d
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 19, 2018
The portrait of Donald Trump as the Wicked Witch of the West was a mere opening volley. Ever since, Carrey has released a new piece of artwork every day or two primarily aimed at making the Trump administration look like the bunch of putzes that they are.
He celebrated the downfall of Jared Kushner:
Self-Unmade Man. pic.twitter.com/jxNWfUsrTn
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 22, 2018
He paid tribute to a bunch of teen heroes:
Today our nation's youth are demanding their basic human right to go to school without dying in the name of greed. It's time for Congress to act like adults worthy of their office. PASS TOUGHER GUN LAWS! BAN THE AR-15! STOP TAKING NRA BLOOD MONEY! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! #neveragain pic.twitter.com/Hhg0Qltnjr
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 24, 2018
He gave Scott Pruitt the colonoscopy the EPA chief deserves:
I looked on Trivago. The cheapest room in Washington is a youth hostel with bunkbeds at $81 a night. The $50 room Scott Pruitt got was a bribe from an energy lobbyist. Need your pipeline approved? Do it through Pruitt! pic.twitter.com/DaSdgvFPmv
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) April 5, 2018
Over the last month, Carrey has proven himself a torrent of abrasive, creative, and inspiring art that puts our political environment into the context it deserves, one of surreal chaos.
Giving Voice to the Repressed Side of American Politics
You could dismiss Jim Carrey’s Twitter art as a series of political cartoons from a New Age-y celeb, but that would be a mistake, especially if you’re one of the millions of Americans who are unimpressed with the current leadership. It’s easy to adopt a grim outlook when the most recent reports indicate that America has become the irrelevant doddering old person squawking impotently about the good old days to anyone with ears and a pulse. We’re not number one; we’re your twice-divorced Uncle Lou.
See, it’s tough to keep a grin on with that knowledge rumbling around the ecosphere. That’s why Carrey’s art is such a balm for the increasingly cynical American. While the rest of the world struggles to maintain their optimism, while the temptation to look away from American politics gets stronger and stronger, Jim Carrey’s Twitter art allows each of us a nasty, little chuckle at the cabal of people actively working to turn America into an international laughing stock.
How about this for a practical lesson? Every time someone retweets the work of Jim Carrey, the people at the top of the ladder seem a little less like a horde of untouchable monsters delegating from far away and a little more like a bunch of greedy old white guys who are just trying to squeeze a dime out of a nickel before their time is up.
Did anyone watch 60 minutes last night? Hell of a piece about a poor kid from Greece named Giannis Antetokounmpo who’s making it big in the NBA. America still has some magic. Pity you have to wade through so much cultural sewage to find it. ;^} pic.twitter.com/H4BTPcw8bu
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 27, 2018