Jim Carrey in Twitter feud with Mussolini’s granddaughter over drawing

Alessandra Mussolini isn’t happy with Jim Carrey. 

The granddaughter of Benito Mussolini, the leader of Italy’s National Fascist Party during World War II and ally to Adolf Hitler, posted a comment Sunday calling the actor “a bastard” on Carrey’s tweet of his latest drawing.

The image shows Mussolini and his mistress, Claretta Petacci, hanging upside down after their execution, with the caption, “If you’re wondering what fascism leads to, just ask Benito Mussolini and his mistress Claretta.” 

Benito Mussolini established a dictatorship in Italy in the 1920s, and worked in concert with Hitler until he was forced from power in 1943. The drawing is based on a photo of the Mussolini and Petacci, who were executed in 1945. 

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Some applauded Carrey’s drawing, with comments including, “I think you’re confusing Jim Carrey with your murderous grandfather” and “Thank you from Italy.”

But Mussolini wasn’t done, adding suggestions to her own Twitter feed for historical moments the actor might tackle next, including a photo of a slave being whipped and a mushroom cloud.

Mussolini isn’t free of her own controversy. As a member of the European Parliament for Central Italy, she once responded to criticism from a transgender politician with a gay slur.

Carrey hasn’t replied to Mussolini on Twitter. But he’s no stranger to stirring the waters. 

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The actor has released illustrations of everyone from high school students accused of aggression against a Native American elder in Washington to political figures including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and, his favorite, President Donald Trump. 

USA TODAY has reached out to Carrey’s representatives, who had no comment at this time. 


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