Jim Carrey has returned to his easel to create another biting piece of artwork, this one offering praise to one man and heaping scorn on another.
In his latest politically charged painting, the “Kidding” star comments on Jon Stewart’s emotional testimony to Congress on Tuesday, when the “Daily Show” excoriated lawmakers for ignoring the plight of 9/11 first responders who are having difficulty obtaining their benefits while suffering from health ailments directly related to their heroic efforts on Sept. 11, 2001.
In the painting, Carrey depicts Jon Stewart entering a room followed by a pair of firefighters, switching on the lights and seeing cockroaches scurrying.
“Kudos Jon Stewart for supporting the heroes of 9/11 who gave all to fulfill their duty while Congress, as usual, ran to hide from theirs like cockroaches when you turn the lights on,” he wrote, saving some harsh words for Rudy Giuliani, who earned America’s respect for his post-9/11 efforts while mayor of NYC but is currently the subject of ridicule and derision for his buffonish defence of Donald Trump in his role as the president’s lawyer.
“And speaking of insects where is ‘America’s Mayor’? Shouldn’t Rudy be fighting for these people?,” Carrey added.
In the Tuesday hearing, the former “Daily Show” host criticized Congress for its inaction regarding the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
“Your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity: Time!,” Stewart said before the room, which was full of empty seats.
“What an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting healthcare and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to. Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress. Sick and dying, they brought themselves down here to speak. To no one,” he continued.
“Shameful,” Stewart added. “It’s an embarrassment to the country, and it is a stain on this institution. And you should be ashamed of yourselves for those that aren’t here, but you won’t be, because accountability doesn’t appear to be something that occurs in this chamber.”
Stewart’s words on behalf of the first responders were applauded on social media by celebrities including Chris Evans, Zoe Saldana, Alyssa Milano, Jimmy Kimmel and Arnold Schwarzenegger.