Jim Carrey Retires From Making Political Cartoon Portraits
Jim Carrey has announced his retirement from making political cartoon portraits.
It was no secret the Canadian actor disliked Donald Trump and the former President's family, and he wasted no time in drawing caricatures of them whenever something viral happened.
But, it appears he's hanging up the proverbial paintbrush.
In a post on Twitter, Jim posted his final political cartoon that alluded to his iconic film The Truman Show and was accompanied by a link that elaborated on his motives.
"For the past 4 yrs, among other commitments, I put considerable effort into this collection of political protest cartoons," the actor said.
"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.
"If it seemed like I was ignoring my main 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.
"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."
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Since Joe Biden won the 2020 US Election, Jim has focused his portraits on other massive events or people worthy of his brush, including the Capitol insurrection, the rioters, Stacey Abrams, Larry King and others.
The people who enjoyed his brilliant and divisive paintings will obviously miss his take on a political situation or person, but every good thing has to come to an end eventually.
Carrey gave a shoutout to those people who backed him from the start.
"You always have and always will occupy a sacred space in my grateful heart. Thank You All kindly for your patience, your support, your humor, and your b.e.a.utiful fanart," he wrote.
Carrey started doing his political cartoon portraits in 2017 after Donald Trump took over the White House. It was the actor's way of conveying his feelings to his followers that wasn't confined to 280 characters and allowed him to express his creativity.
He explained in an interview with Vulture that his art has caused some serious professional issues.
"There was a lot of pressure from my management: 'Don't mess this up. You've got goodwill in the world. People love you. You start talking about politics or whatever issues, you're gonna lose half your audience.' I say: lose them," he said back in 2019.
"The hard part for me is stopping long enough to take care of the business of my life because once I get started, all plans go away. I'm free and that's what art is for me. It's presence and freedom in presence."
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