It was a lazy Saturday afternoon and actor Jim Carrey decided, as one does, to post a painting of the bodies of Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci strung up upside down after their execution. “If you’re wondering what fascism leads to, just ask Benito Mussolini and his mistress Claretta,” wrote the star of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, using one of Petacci’s nicknames.
It wasn’t a terribly controversial post. There’s been much worry over the last handful of years that America may be leaning towards fascism. In fact, it seems the only person who took true umbrage with it was Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of Italy’s fascist Prime Minister from 1922 to his death after World War II.
First, Alessandra Mussolini called Carrey a “b*stard” for smearing her genocidal grandfather. She then dared Carrey to paint American atrocities, such as the genocide of Native Americans and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She clearly didn’t like Carrey singling out her grandfather, just because he’s responsible for at least half a million deaths (though probably far more).
Mussolini’s granddaughter also got in it a bit with those who challenged her. When Evan O’Connell nipped in to say, “I think you’re confusing Jim Carrey with your murderous grandfather,” Alessandra replied, “Or maybe with some of your family…” O’Connell informed her that his own grandfather “fought to liberate Europe from people like your grandfather.” Alessandra brazenly retorted, “do you want applause?”
Oh, and she also brought up Rosa Parks.
It was just another surreal day on social media, and many on Twitter were ready to unpack the myriad ways in which everything is awesome.
Some had to remind Alessandra that Carrey isn’t even an American.
Meanwhile, others took a much different approach.