“From Shining City to Evil Empire in under 500 days” is how actor, comedian, and artist Jim Carrey captioned his latest politically-motivated artwork, describing the unbelievably rapid transformation of our nation from a beacon of hope and freedom to the emblem of everything we thought our society stood steadfastly against.
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Carrey, who since the inauguration of the orange dotard has turned his talents increasingly to creating artistic depictions of the political atrocities that the new administration has wrought, this time turned his attention to the “1500 innocent children ripped from their mothers’ arms at our border.”
Pointing out the disparity between the Emma Lazarus poem emblazoned on a plaque on the Statue of Liberty that has greeted so many immigrant families as they arrived on America’s shores through the port of New York, Carrey rewrites the poem for the realities of the immigration-hating Trump administration.
Instead of the original text from the ending of Lazarus’ sonnet:
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Carrey’s revision gives modern immigrants a more accurate picture of what they can expect when arriving in America today:
“Give us your tired, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to breathe free — and we will torture them for wanting a better life.“
The actor’s depiction of an ICE agent ripping a screaming baby from the arms of his hysterical mother as she is restrained by the agent’s accomplice perfectly represents the emotionally traumatic action as the heartless, violent crime against human rights that it truly is.
The image in the background of an angry Statue of Liberty burning the American flag with her flaming torch represents Liberty’s rage at the destruction of traditional American values by the fascistic new policies of the Trump Homeland Security forces.
That half-obscured face in the middle ground, could that be the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the man who announced the policy of separating refugee children from their parents at the border with the comment that the children will “be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever?”
With “whatever” apparently being the operative word there, the blank space where the mouth goes is appropriate if the figure is meant to be Kelly.
1500 innocent children ripped from their mothers’ arms at our border. Lost in Trump’s “system”. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to breathe free — and we will torture them for wanting a better life. From Shining City to Evil Empire in under 500 days. pic.twitter.com/Qg07vb0aBg
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) May 27, 2018
If Carrey never makes another movie or TV show in his life, he still has a promising career as a political artist ahead of him for as long as we need him and his sensibilities.
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