Noted First Amendment scholar Earnest Smith, a Democratic member of the Georgia House of Representatives, had this to say in support of his co-sponsorship of a bill that prohibits photoshopping people into nude pictures:
“No one has a right to make fun of anyone. You have a right to speak, but no one has a right to disparage another person. It’s not a First Amendment right,” he said.
This is, of course, a riotously wrong and transcendentally stupid and un-American statement.
Rep. Smith gets a certain amount of credit for the fact that the bill he is sponsoring is actually far narrower than that ridiculous proposition, criminalizing only the act of "wrongfully" creating a fake "obscene" photoshop depicting another person when a reasonable person would be fooled into thinking the picture was real. He also gets a certain amount of credit for helping to teach children that nothing that drips or slithers or plops from the mouth of a politician should be believed.
On the other hand, contrary to his oath of office, Smith is wantonly promoting abject ignorance of the most fundamental law of our nation. So: let's photoshop him. No nudes or obscene pics please. A suitable prize will be awarded to creator of the photoshop that best captures the stupid violence Rep. Smith has inflicted upon the truth about free speech.
A few starting examples below the fold.
Via Jayson Shenk:
Via Christopher Law:
And my humble suggestion:
Last 5 posts by Ken White
- Prenda Law: The Sound of One Shoe Dropping - May 20th, 2013
- This Is The Most Wonderful Legal Threat EVER - May 17th, 2013
- OMICS Publishing Group Makes A Billion Dollar Threat - May 15th, 2013
- Rakofsky Versus The Internet: Advantage, Internet - May 12th, 2013
- Hilarious New Team Prenda Argument: Judge Wright's Order Is Irrelevant Because of Gay Marriage - May 9th, 2013