Not Kidding, Jim Carrey Is In A Twitter Feud With Mussolini’s Granddaughter

As far as we know for sure, the last living relatives of Adolf Hitler are a trio of brothers — Hitler’s great-nephews — living quiet, private lives on Long Island in New York, purportedly honouring a pact to let the bloodline die out. This is not so much the case for the living relatives of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. As an example, take his granddaughter, Alessandra Mussolini, who is an elected member of the European Parliament and currently in a Twitter feud with Ace Ventura actor Jim Carrey. I cannot stress enough that this is not an April Fool’s Day prank.

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Carrey — largely known for a handful of movie catchphrases that have been repeated so often they have become divorced of any meaning and for having a frighteningly elastic face — has taken to art in a big way in the last decade. Carrey has been working mostly in abstract painting and sculpture, but has been recently turning to political cartooning of the vocally anti-Trump variety on Twitter, some of which are not terrible and all of which are quite intense to look at:

They are the sort of cartoons you likely wouldn’t find yourself describing as ‘subtle’. Certainly not subtle is his most recent cartoon, depicting the bodies of Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci, which were hung upside down in the Piazzale Loreto in Milan after the pair was executed.

While most people tend to have their minds made up that Mussolini was not a great guy, this image was not well received by his granddaughter:

Which she defended with this frankly baffling exchange:

Mussolini went on to criticise Carrey for not having depicted any of the very, very many crimes perpetrated throughout history by America. She then spent a fair amount of time responding to people who pointed out that Carrey is Canadian:

The internet: it’s a wild ride.