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Jim Carrey Says No More Political Paintings: 'it's time to rest my social media gavel'

Actor and one-time funnyman Jim Carrey announced over the weekend that he is ending his series of political paintings.

“For the past four years, among other commitments, I put considerable effort into this collection of political protest cartoons,” Carrey wrote in a note to his millions of Twitter followers. “It truly feels as though you and I have crossed an ocean of outrage together…but something tells me it’s time to rest my social media gavel and reclaim a little neurological bandwidth,” Carrey said.

“If it seemed like I was ignoring my many Twitter followers here and outside the US and Canada in my quest to rid our democracy of ‘Orange Julius Caesar’ and his Empire of Lies, it was not my intention,” Carrey continued. “I just assumed that a radicalized America is a threat to us all. When a madman grabs the wheel of the bus loaded with innocent passengers and threatens to drive it off a cliff, it tends to steal everyone’s focus.

“You always have and always will occupy a sacred space in my grateful heart,” Carrey added. “Thank you kindly for all your patience, your support, your humor, and your [beautiful] fan art.”

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Carrey Charles Bethea, the author of a New Yorker Talk of the Town piece entitled “The Disturbing World of Jim Carrey’s Anti-Trump Cartoons”: “It makes me feel better if I can alchemize all of this. Turn it into something creative and make people on the Twitter feel good.”

Carrey described the drawings as his weapon of choice in fighting the administration: “I fight him to the end,” he said, with a nod to Bhagavad Gita. “It’s my Arjuna moment—my responsibility to pick up the sword.” 

In June 2019, Carrey tweeted, “And as the sun set upon the White House all its windows danced with glowing eyes — and demons’ voices growled to the prisoner within, saying, ‘Our name is legion, for we are many. You will be our hands in the world. It’s time for us to Tweet again.’” His quote was a reference to Mark 5, in which Jesus cast many demons out of one man and sent them into a herd of pigs.

Carrey painted another dark portrait in October 2018 that was a play on the movie poster for “The Exorcist,” which he captioned: “From the bowels of the White House he shrieked, hurled curses and tweeted bile — because that’s what demons do. YOU are the Exorcist. Vote Democrat for goodness’ sake.”

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In truth, Carrey’s painting were pretty attrocious.  Here’s a portrait of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) burning in hell.

And one of former President Donald Trump nailing Jesus to the cross.

Carrey mocked Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Christian faith in March 2018 and described her as “monstrous.”

Then in June 2018, Carrey depicted Calvin peeing on Trump’s grave.

Like many liberals, Carrey vented over Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  In September 2018 as an “ENTITLED LITTLE [SH*T],” and painted him wearing a hood over his head like a rapist.

Continuing on his shock art, in 2019 Carrey depicted Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey being aborted after the state passed a bill placing a near-total ban on abortion until it was later faced a legal challenge. “I think If you’re going to terminate a pregnancy, it should be done sometime before the fetus becomes Governor of Alabama,” Carrey wrote at the time.

During the 2020 Republican National Convention, Carrey depicted former President Abraham Lincoln preparing to shoot himself in the mouth with a shotgun.

During an interview in 2019 about his spirituality, Carrey suggested he does not really exist as an individual and that “energies” communicate with him. “Yes, they’re me,” he said of the energies. “They’re me talking to me — whatever they are, no matter how bad they are. I have gone through some really tough times in the last few years and I would not wish them on anybody, but my God, my understanding of life and what is real and what is not real has expanded exponentially because of that.”

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