Carrey is known for his political and pop-culture relevant sketches, which are usually negative and aimed at Donald Trump.
However, Thursday morning the “Dumb and Dumber” star paid homage to Franklin with a sketch, and wrote, “Look how beautiful a life can be. Thank you, Aretha!”
The art immediately came under scrutiny from many fans who asked, “Why is she white?” Carrey’s Twitter feed turned into a debate over artistic expression vs accuracy, with other fans defending Carrey’s right to portray Franklin however he wants.
One person had an interesting explanation for the lightened look: “She’s moving towards the light from what I can gather, glow on her face makes her look white.”
Others … decided to take action into their own hands.
Fixed it pic.twitter.com/JPYOQ26Khb
— diqué (@AlecthePreacher) August 16, 2018
We reached out to Carrey for an artist’s explanation to the backlash.