Few opinions on politics and current events are more predictable and uninformed than those of Hollywood celebrities, but the platform of their fame ensures that their opinions will continue to be inflicted on us.
Actor Jim Carrey, for example, perhaps best-known as the elastic-boned, rubber-faced comedian from such lowbrow fare as Dumb and Dumber and The Mask, happens to be a painter in his spare time, and in response to the Valentine's Day school shooting in Parkland, Florida, he tweeted a controversial image from his latest work, according to Fox News.
Captioned “Oh say, can’t you see?!”, the painting depicts the body of a presumably dead schoolgirl lying on a sort of stylized American flag spotted with the bloody footprints of, presumably, her killer.
Hard to say exactly what the message is, but since Carrey is a Progressive and no fan of the current Republican President, the painting is no doubt an emotional plea for more stringent gun control.
The piece has drawn mixed reviews among viewers. One Twitterer thanked him for it:
Another called the painting "insane and a disgrace," while a third labeled it "dumb, dumb and dumber."
“I do a lot of political cartoons,” Carrey told W Magazine last year. “I’ve been doing them all along. When I was in grade six, my teacher confiscated a bunch of the cartoons I made in the back of class of her being mutilated by bombs and axes, dogs chewing her leg, whatever. And then she sent them back to me when I got famous (laughs). She’s been saving them; she said she knew something was going on there.”
Something was going on there, all right -- something disturbed. Perhaps the teacher was saving them as evidence in case Carrey ever acted out his cartoons.
“I think no one can really escape that aspect of life at this moment – the feeling of loss of control,” he continued, talking about life under Donald Trump. “I’ve given up control in a lot of ways, and kind of the idea of self in general, but I still tweet and draw political cartoons and play the part of Arjuna who has to fight the battle in Bhagavad Gita.
"It’s not a battle I want to fight, but you’ve got to play the 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 also tune in to the Republican – what could I call on it? – war on logic, intelligence and compassion at least once a day.”
The Republican war on logic, intelligence and compassion. Didn't I say Hollywood celebrities were predictable and uninformed?