Jim Carrey under fire over "monstrous" portrait of Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The comedian's artwork, which appears to portray the White House press secretary, is courting controversy

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published March 19, 2018 3:26PM (EDT)

Jim Carrey (Getty/Christopher Polk)
Jim Carrey (Getty/Christopher Polk)

Actor and comedian Jim Carrey is under fire for tweeting an original painting that appears to depict White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in an unflattering light.

Certainly, the caption of Carrey's tweet provides sufficient reason to believe that his portrait portrays Sanders, as it reads: "This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!"

One person who took to Twitter to slam Carrey's painting was Sanders' father, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

Other conservatives shared the former Arkansas governor's sentiments.

Others voiced appreciation for the painting and questioned why some individuals were more offended by satirical artwork than actual mistruths being uttered by a federal employee who the American people are supposed to be able to trust.

Carrey himself seized upon the controversy to promote another one of his paintings satirizing the Trump administration titled, "The Wicked Witch of the West Wing and Putin's Flying Monkeys." Previous artwork by the Carrey has taken swipes at Trump himself, as well as his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and numerous other Republicans in Congress.

The actor said he finds it "cathartic" to paint Trump in an interview with W Magazine. Carrey also argued that, "It’s not a battle I want to fight, but you’ve got to play a part. Every day at some point there’s pretty much a peaceful acceptance of what’s going on in my life right now, but I do also tune in to the Republican—what could I call on it?—war on logic, intelligence and compassion at least once a day."

Carrey has demonstrated consistently left-wing views on issues like gun control, with his position on that issue prompting him to denounce himself from his own movie "Kick-Ass 2" following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. He has also promoted the anti-vaxxer movement, beliefs which have also courted controversy.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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