Jim Carrey Paints Unflattering Portrait of Kent State Student Who Posed With AR-10 in Graduation Photo

Taking a break from his usual Trump administration targets, comedian Jim Carrey's latest artwork pillories the Kent State student who posed with an AR-10 in a viral graduation photo. Kaitlin Bennett, the depicted student, was not fond of the unflattering artwork. 

"And the devil said, 'Thanks a bunch Goldilocks. Enjoy the show in Santa Fe tomorrow. Someday, real soon, I’ll have you for dinner,' Carrey captioned his latest artwork, referring to the Texas high school shooting that left 10 people dead and 10 others wounded. 

The painting made its way back to its subject on Saturday. Bennett responded to Carrey, blasting the "disgusting" artwork and calling the comedian "irrelevant." 

"Jim you should be the one in this picture with this caption, Bennet wrote. "You're the one that supports gun control policies that let these kids die. Is this what you have to do because you've become irrelevant? Disgusting."

Bennett's viral fame stems from a photo she posted to Twitter on Thursday. In the photo, the graduating senior carried an AR-10 on her back and posed with a cap decorated with the words "come and take it." 

"Now that I graduated from @KentState, I can finally arm myself on campus," Bennett, who earned a degree in biology, tweeted last week. "I should have been able to do so as a student — especially since 4 unarmed students were shot and killed by the government on this campus."

Although right-wing television personalities lauded the student, gun control activists said the photo was inappropriate and made a mockery of the 1970 Kent State shooting that left four students dead. Others said the photo reeked of "white privilege." 

"If a black man had walked around like this, dozens of Police would have been called and he would have been shot dead on the spot. Oh the power of white privilege," responded one Twitter user. 

Carrey has been using his Twitter account and his artistic talents to advocate for gun control. He has previously trained his artistic eye on members of the Trump administration, painting unflattering pictures of the president and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 

"Someday they’ll say we turned a blind eye to the suffering and slaughter of our own children and gave ourselves over to scoundrels and sadists," the comedian tweeted after the Santa Fe High School shooting. "The NRA is a national disgrace. The venom of greed is killing America."

GettyImages-844555614 Jim Carey attends Harper's BAZAAR Celebration of 'ICONS By Carine Roitfeld' at The Plaza Hotel. His political paintings have earned their fair share of fans—and detractors. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty IMages

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