Popehat Contest: Everybody Photoshop Georgia State Representative Earnest Smith

Law, Politics & Current Events

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:

SmithCatThere's a reason I'm not paid as a graphic designer.

Last 5 posts by Ken White



  1. John Ammon  •  Feb 11, 2013 @4:49 pm

    Oh man! I really want to do this… but I'm super busy right now… we'll have to see if I can free up some time :P

  2. Zack  •  Feb 11, 2013 @5:16 pm

    You'd think that state and federal politicians would, at a minimum, take a course on constitutional law or something to that effect so they could at least have a working understanding of the fundamentals of the case-law surrounding what they've sworn to defend…. I mean, hell, Brandenburg V. Ohio should be mandatory for everyone to at least know the principles of; maybe then we'd get fewer people trying to claim Butthurt in the First Degree as a cause of action.

  3. John Ammon  •  Feb 11, 2013 @5:20 pm

    @Zack, that's the benefit and downfall of elected officials…

  4. Tali McPike  •  Feb 11, 2013 @5:22 pm

    Darn it. Copied the wrong one.

  5. Xenocles  •  Feb 11, 2013 @5:54 pm

    Ken, you said "no nudes!"

  6. Ken  •  Feb 11, 2013 @6:30 pm


  7. Robert  •  Feb 11, 2013 @6:31 pm

    Can it be a little nude and a little obscene?

  8. John Ammon  •  Feb 11, 2013 @6:49 pm
  9. James Pollock  •  Feb 11, 2013 @6:52 pm

    Can we assume that Adobe will be making a sizable campaign contribution to whoever runs against him next time around?

  10. Oomph  •  Feb 11, 2013 @7:03 pm

    My humble submission:

  11. Dan Weber  •  Feb 11, 2013 @7:12 pm

    I have no idea what I'm saying with this.

    No, wait, yes I do. But if you don't, it's a sign you lack my post-modern mindset.


  12. Tali McPike  •  Feb 11, 2013 @7:13 pm

    @John Ammon: LOL! Love it!

    @Ken: thanks for deleting my mistake post

  13. Bear  •  Feb 11, 2013 @7:14 pm

    "So far, he has heard no objections from free-speech advocates defending the Constitution’s First Amendment."

    In… 3… 2… 1…



    This doesn't meet the contest requirements, so it's… just to make the point.

    (In the future, would someone remind me that some challenges… don't… necessarily… need to be met. The "research" to find a suitable pic for this was…

    I never want to do that again.)

  14. Dan Weber  •  Feb 11, 2013 @7:21 pm

    Okay, this one is real. Raanan-Ernest.png. If someone else wants to improve it and take credit for the improved version, so ahead.


  15. VPJ  •  Feb 11, 2013 @7:29 pm

    Very nice, Mr Weber. Very nice.

  16. C. S. P. Schofield  •  Feb 11, 2013 @8:47 pm

    Nothing obscene. What is it they say about trying to dress up an ultimate example further yet? Something about 'Gilding the Silly"?

  17. princessartemis  •  Feb 11, 2013 @9:54 pm

    I didn't photoshop this. I swear!

    This isn't a photoshop.

  18. David  •  Feb 11, 2013 @10:26 pm

    @Tali: You're welcome!

  19. Delvan  •  Feb 11, 2013 @10:33 pm

    Here is my offer for this, it looks to me like he may have joined forces with one of my favorite First Amendment abusers to help get his message across.

  20. Ken  •  Feb 11, 2013 @10:47 pm

    Delvan wins so far IMO.

  21. Jack B.  •  Feb 11, 2013 @11:48 pm

    Here is my contribution. What a country!

  22. Justin T.  •  Feb 12, 2013 @12:36 am

    Few people know that in addition to being a state legislator AND a Constitutional scholar, he's also a talented beauty pageant emcee: http://i.imgur.com/IuuOpzQ.jpg

  23. Delvan  •  Feb 12, 2013 @2:11 am

    Beautiful Justin, beautiful. His pose in that shot is ripe for use for 'photos of an obscene nature' as well.

  24. ~A  •  Feb 12, 2013 @2:11 am

    But the man knows what he's talking about!


  25. AlphaCentauri  •  Feb 12, 2013 @6:50 am

    I notice he was careful not to use "photoshop" as a verb …

  26. Jack  •  Feb 12, 2013 @8:17 am

    WTF is this guy doing photoshopping Herman Cain's face on his body and putting it on his bio? I thought he was anti-photoshop?

  27. corporal lint  •  Feb 12, 2013 @11:25 am

    I can't claim credit for this, but it should be seen anyway.

  28. Jonathan  •  Feb 12, 2013 @11:50 am

    My quick and dirty offering.
    If only he'd put on the sunglasses!

  29. M.  •  Feb 12, 2013 @1:53 pm

    ~A.: You win the thread.

  30. Monte  •  Feb 12, 2013 @4:05 pm
  31. John Ammon  •  Feb 12, 2013 @4:23 pm

    I'm surprised no one has put him on "Bodybuilder Beyonce" yet…

  32. Narad  •  Feb 12, 2013 @6:04 pm

    No nudes or obscene pics please.

    I think taking Visanthe Shiancoe's dong off the table is ill considered.

  33. Andy  •  Feb 13, 2013 @4:36 pm

  34. Mac  •  Feb 13, 2013 @5:40 pm

    Decided to go with an obvious one here. Hope you like it.

  35. Ricky Shambles  •  Feb 14, 2013 @7:24 am

    Reddit's Photoshopbattles is exploding with this. Warning: they're all links, (not on-page), but some are NSFW.

  36. Penguin Pete  •  Feb 14, 2013 @8:54 am

    How's this one?


    Extra screw of the turn if you're familiar with that cartoon…

  37. Adam Goldstein  •  Feb 14, 2013 @10:07 am

    UHOH. It's all starting to come together now: https://twitter.com/AdGo/status/302100250007572480


  38. J Cheever  •  Feb 14, 2013 @11:09 am
  39. AlphaCentauri  •  Feb 17, 2013 @1:17 pm
  40. Bergman  •  Mar 7, 2013 @6:15 am

    Well, since he's taking on more than he can handle, AND he's making an ass of himself, the obvious combination is…obvious:


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