It’s said that the upside of political bedlam is the amount of material comedians have to work with.
Some of them aren’t laughing.
In a Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter last week, Amy Poehler’s responses focused on whale deaths and devastation in Puerto Rico. Prompted to reflect on her “most memorable heckler,” she wrote, “Who cares? The whole world is on fire.” Trevor Noah reported that his predecessor at “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart left his position saying, according to Noah, “I’m angry all the time. I don’t find any of this funny. I do not know how to make it funny right now.” And Jim Carrey, one of the funniest people alive, has quietly been creating a gallery of political paintings capturing the characters running the Trump government.
We’ve been cataloguing Carrey’s growing collection of bleak portraits, which he posts regularly to his Twitter. But today’s entry, showing the President’s policy advisor Stephen Miller, may be his most condemnatory. Carrey depicts Miller, the 32 year-old Jewish aide who reportedly pushed for the policy of parent-child separation at the US border, as a child. In drawing-form Miller has the face of an old man but the body of a child. He is wearing, horrifically, footie-pajamas. Covered in scratches and standing next to a small pile of blood, the image suggests that Miller is an animal-torturer who suffers from sociopathy.
“Sanctioned, embraced, normalized by POTUS, evil is pushing the boundaries,” Carrey warns in the image caption, indicating that Miller’s behavior results from not being cared for properly as a child. Carrey decried the “abduct[ing]” of children at the border between the US and Mexico, and hashtagged his image, “beware the unloved.”
Sanctioned, embraced, normalized by POTUS, evil is pushing the boundaries. Sociopaths have risen to the top. This Father’s Day we’ll abduct children from their families at our border because the GOP has no bottom and Stephen Miller wasn’t what his Father wanted. #bewaretheunloved pic.twitter.com/536U546nnR— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 17, 2018
So it doesn’t exactly have us rolling in the aisles. But it may have voters rolling across the aisle, come November.
Jenny Singer is the deputy Lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny