Jim Carrey has been paying more attention to his artwork lately than to his comedy, but his tweet on Thursday about his new portrait of President Donald Trump reminds us that he's a funny man first.
Carrey tweeted directly to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and asked if there was his painting titled "You Scream." I scream, "Are we ever going to stop screaming?" For the official portrait of the 45th President. "I know it's early," joked Carrey.
It's not your standard portrait of a President who looks handsome in a suit and tie. In fact, it portrays Trump, partially in a blue bathrobe, his mouth open in the middle screaming. In front of him is a bowl of two scoops of ice cream with whipped cream and two strategically placed cherries. We let you decide what the ice is.
Dear Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery @NPG I know it's early, but I would like to introduce this as the official portrait of our 45th President, Donald J. Trump. It's called, "You're screaming, I'm screaming, are we ever gonna stop screaming?" pic.twitter.com/LrCmlXXpv7
̵1; Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 29, 2018
As of Friday, the tweet had enjoyed more than 80,000 times and more than shared 21,000 times, but like Carrey's other provocative paintings, the reaction to Twitter has been mixed.
There were Carrey devotees.
Disturbing, but fantastic and utterly get a real lol from me.
– Raja (@ RickCash15) March 29, 2018
You should sell prints of it and donate the money to the ACLU You would sell thousands plus people violate the Trump.
– Brian Krassenstein? (@krassenstein) March 29, 2018
And there were Carrey's critics.
I never thought you a hater, there's so much hatred in this one World for everything I do not think you would fall into this line.
– Steven Wiest (@phinkee1344) March 29, 2018
– Matthew (K) (@ryteouswretch) March 30, 2018
Carrey caused a similar stir earlier this week with a painting of two hunters impaled on the tusks of an angry elephant. The two men depicted seem to be the president's eldest sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, who have made it clear on social media that they are interested in big game expeditions. Carrey added the hashtag #teamelephant to his tweet.
– Jim Carrey (@ JimCarrey) March 28, 2018
In recent weeks, Carrey has a number of motives painted in less flattering light. Among his subjects include the Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the White House press officer Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Carrey followed his tweet of the Trump portrait with a reflective self-portrait. "My soul is not contained in the boundaries of my body, my body is contained in the boundlessness of my soul," he tweeted.
My soul is not contained in the boundaries of my body. My body is contained in the boundlessness of my soul. pic.twitter.com/6mvatrfpSo
– Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 30, 2018