If you've been keeping tabs on enigmatic comedian/actor Jim Carrey's career, you may have noticed that in the last few years, he's been making a bit of a name for himself as a visual artist. Carrey's best known for making bold statements both in his career choices as a comedian and serious dramatic actor (check out Netflix documentary, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond) and on the red carpet. And in true Carrey fashion, his art is exploring political commentary. His latest work is a portrait of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Carrey shared the portrait on Twitter:
Some conservatives are asking if he's gone too far. Fox and Friends hosts weighed in on the controversial art, referencing Carrey's 24-year-old comedic role in Dumb & Dumber.
Their argument appears to be that Carrey has no business commenting on politics:
Huckabee Sanders' father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and other conservative pundits came to her defense:
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
While conservatives called the piece anti-Christian and sexist, others made a case for Carrey's right to criticize the administration through an artistic lens.
Comedian and infamous pot-stirrer Kathy Griffin, no stranger to controversial political commentary, defended Carrey:
A) On the left is an image @JimCarrey tweeted on 1/30...right is the image of Sarah Sanders. His image of Sanders is not sexist - it's his style of portraying people he believes aren't acting in good faith. That he is being attacked for this is ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/uNq9pLsv6S— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 19, 2018
B) Our country is facing an opioid crisis, a healthcare crisis, massive income inequality and this is what Fox & Friends and others spent time on this morning? Seriously get a fucking grip.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 19, 2018
C). I also want everyone to know that the day after my Trump image came out, @JimCarrey was one of the first people to call me to offer words of support. I'll never forget it. But even if he didn't, I would still stand up for him. What a ridiculous thing to be outraged about.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 19, 2018
Some argued that it seemed more important to keep an eye on the actions of the administration than on Carrey's art:
So y'all are mad at Jim Carrey for a cartoon he drew but y'all aren't mad when Sarah Huckabee Sanders is at the podium telling straight lies?— ➖ Señor❌Macanas ➖ (@OnCloudIX) March 19, 2018
I dream of a life where we hold our President to a higher standard than we hold Ace Ventura.— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) March 19, 2018
Carrey himself seemed undaunted and happily shared other works from his series:
And Daily Beast's Marlow Stern shared a few more:
What do you think? Is Carrey out of line here or are Huckabee Sanders and the rest of the Trump gang fair game for political dissent, whether it be from progressive pundits, comedians, or artists? And just exactly where is the line between searing political commentary and bullying?