Utah writer criticizes Jim Carrey over Trump, Covington Catholic paintings

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  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 7, 2019 11:17 a.m.

    We know what Jim Carrey doesn't like but what does he stand for? America? Family?

    I applaud this piece.

  • TheJester American Fork, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 10:48 p.m.

    After reading about how strongly Daryl Austin felt about hateful critisism of presidents I spent time searching for all of his public comments chastising right leaning pundits for their "unhelpful" criticism of Barack Obama. Strangely I couldn't find anything. Like Mr. Austin, I deplore hypocrisy, in this case I deplore his.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Feb. 6, 2019 5:16 p.m.

    I have to remember all the right-leaning artists who painted doomsday devastation with President Obama standing in the middle.

    The irony is, Obama inherited the devastation created by the Republicans.

    Trump inherited a beautiful economy and has done his best to devastate it.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 4:23 p.m.

    We can, and we should, hold the President of the United States to a high standard. I don't think President Trump meets my expectation of meeting a high presidential standard. Lies, bragging, immorality, failure to listen to the experts around him, a shameless belief that his opinion is always right, don't match what I expect of a President. Many presidents have failed to meet all of my expectations, but Trump does not meet most of what I expect of the President of the United States. I am deeply disappointed in his performance.

  • Biscuit , 00
    Feb. 6, 2019 4:15 p.m.

    I applaud you Daryl Austin. This is probably how old stars in Hollywood try and keep their name out there. Most of these wore out old "actors" are
    nothing more than just creepy old people.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 2:27 p.m.

    I really don't think Jim Carrey (nor anyone outside of Utah) cares what Daryl Austin thinks. He's crossing a line that he really doesn't want to cross. His criticism of the Gaines' should have taught him something. How many Utah families have 5+ kids, both parents work and barely have time for the kids? Between work and many church meetings, that doesn't leave much time for parenting. Maybe, just maybe, if Trump didn't lie to Americans on a daily basis and act so poorly, to just about everyone not in his inner circle, cartoonists wouldn't be so harsh. Trump brings all his criticism upon himself.

  • FargoUT Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 2:18 p.m.

    Here's an idea that I've been told from people who respond to things I criticize:

    "If you don't like what they are saying, don't listen to it."

    Jim Carrey is a private citizen. Yes, he would be criticized if he painted portraits of the Obamas in a negative light, but that's the point -- he's being criticized now, by you. It's not difficult to understand whether someone is being racist/sexist/homophobic/transphobic vs. attacking their character or actions.

    But he still has the right to paint whatever he wants.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Feb. 6, 2019 2:13 p.m.

    Oh poor conservative writer that is offended by another person's First Amendment rights. Typical conservative view - Constitutional rights for me but not for thee.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 1:31 p.m.

    Sure, political cartoons are one thing, but unmitigated hatred is another.

    Kudos, Mr. Scribner, for raising this issue and also for the link to American Spectator. Carrey's art, if you can call it that, exemplifies the rage and hatred of the left, that it mockingly calls "love."

    Mr. Austin's description of the double-standards of Twitter, popular culture, and celebrities is spot on.

    Says he: "To put things in perspective, imagine if a celebrity of Jim Carrey’s stature published just one of the images described above about President Obama or his family during his time in the Oval Office — or even a relatively benign painting of Michelle Obama with the words “SKIN DEEP” written across her face like Mr. Carrey did to Ivanka Trump.

    The condemnation would be swift and absolute."

    AMEN to that! This is the kind of opinion piece I have prayed would be written by a Deseret News staffer and published here. I'm still praying, but I guess this is progress.

  • joewillie12 Corpus Christi, TX
    Feb. 6, 2019 12:56 p.m.

    Political cartoons have been around for several centuries. They are pointed for a reason.