Actor Jim Carrey defended the survivors of the Parkland shooting after comedian Louis C.K. targeted them in an ill-received comedy routine. And, of course, Carrey did it in his own way: with surrealistic artwork.
Carrey has made headlines in the past for using his artwork to criticize President Donald Trump and his administration. It turns out Louis C.K. is also a viable target. Carrey’s painting shows Parkland, Florida, shooting survivor turned gun-control activist Emma Gonzalez looming over a tiny Louis C.K. as he stands before a microphone.
“Louis can’t C. K?” he wrote.
Here’s the full image:
The painting was in response to an audio clip that surfaced this week of C.K. doing a comedy set.
In the clip C.K. says of the Parkland survivors:
“They testify in front of Congress, these kids? What are they doing? You’re young! You should be crazy! You should be unhinged! Not in a suit… You’re not interesting. Because you went to a high school where kids got shot? Why does that mean I have to listen to you? Why does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I’ve got to listen to you talking?”
The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland — particularly Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg — have galvanized the national conversation on gun control legislation since gunman Nicolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day 2018. Since the shooting, they’ve founded the March for Our Lives campaign, testified before Congress about their experiences, and traveled around the nation to register young people to vote.
Unlike C.K.’s remarks, Carrey’s painting was very well-received.
you are a national treasure
— Kate Newton (@katenewton18) January 3, 2019
You’re art is incredible, we’ve always known your creative comic genius but amazing to see other outlets of your creativity. Like John Lennon once said, “I’m an artist, give me a tuba and I’ll get something out of it.” YOU Jim are an “artist.”
— Rio Gojo Lane (@jayal9longoria) January 4, 2019
Thank you Jim! I was wondering how other comedians would feel about that bit… going after Parkland teens made me upset
— And real (@andrealmccain) January 3, 2019
I love the statements your art makes.
— Suzanne (@Castlesuzanne) January 3, 2019
Powerful young woman! Great job choosing this subject matter @JimCarrey !
— KitCat (@KitCat54509515) January 3, 2019
How does one become even more of Jim Carrey Fan?
Because this art just did it.
— Ryan Deitsch (@Ryan_Deitsch) January 3, 2019
C.K. was also criticized by at least two survivors of the shooting, including Kyra Parrow…
Louis C.K, although taking jello shots & eating mushrooms might have been ideal for you when you were 18, that is not the luxury that we have after having to see our friends and classmates in caskets because of preventable gun violence. https://t.co/Hx5cGoxOPn
— Kyra Parrow (@longlivekcx) December 31, 2018
… and Aalayah Eastmond.
Hey Louis CK – since you like making fun of me and other Parkland survivors behind closed doors, I’m right here if you want to talk. Just try to keep it in your pants, ok?
— Aalayah Eastmond (@AalayahEastmond) December 31, 2018
C.K.’s comments about the Parkland survivors were part of his first set since returning to stand-up comedy after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct. C.K.’s 2017 film I Love You, Daddy was pulled from distribution after the allegations, which included several women who said C.K. had masturbated in front of them. C.K. admitted he was guilty of what his accusers described.