Jim Carrey’s Presidential Portrait of Trump Belongs in the Smithsonian

"You Scream. I Scream. Will We Ever Stop Screaming?" is nothing short of a masterpiece.


Jim Carrey, actor and aspiring political cartoonist, just added another piece to his collection. It’s arguably his best work yet, a semi-nude study of President Trump enjoying what appears to be two scoops of chocolate ice cream. “You Scream. I Scream. Will We Ever Stop Screaming?” (2018) is a marvel of form, honest expression, and craftsmanship, a priceless piece of modern art. In short, it belongs in the goddamn Smithsonian.

And that’s exactly the home the artiste envisioned for it, petitioning the National Portrait Gallery to make the masterwork Trump’s official presidential portrait. And rightfully so: Just looking at the texture of Trump’s fuzzy blue robe, the tension in his jaw, the wormlike squiggles of his chest hair, it’s only natural to envisage the piece hanging next to Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama, or Amy Sherald’s of Michelle. Factor in how gingerly Trump’s pointer finger fondles his inexplicably oblong, shrimp-colored nipple—the pièce de résistance—and Carrey’s work is basically a shoe-in.