Georgia State Legislator Wants To Ban Lewd Photoshopping

It seems a member of the Georgia legislator needs a lesson in the First Amendment.

From Fox News

A Georgia state lawmaker with an unconventional grasp of the First Amendment is backing a bill that would make lewd photoshopping a crime punishable by a $1,000 fine.

Rep. Earnest Smith pointed, as proof of the problem, to a picture of his head that was recently edited onto a pornstar’s body. That image was created by a blogger who used the image to mock Smith.

Smith did not seem concerned about the First Amendment issue

“Everyone has a right to privacy,” he told FoxNews.com. “No one has a right to make fun of anyone. It’s not a First Amendment right.”

Smith first introduced his proposal  a year ago. According to the bill’s summary, it would make it a misdemeanor offense to alter a photograph that “causes an unknowing person wrongfully to be identified as the person in an obscene depiction.” Smith introduced the legislation last year after a teenage girl was subjected to “online attacks.

However, after a picture of his head photoshopped on the body of a naked man stretched out on some rocks started circling the Internet, Smith renewed his efforts.

Not everyone shares Smith’s sentiments.

“He’s the conductor of his own crazy train,” one lawmaker told FoxNews.com.

 

While certainly I am not in favor of people being bullied or harassed (as seemed the case in the teen girl) there is a First Amendment out there and it has been clearly determined by the Supreme Court that parody (especially of public figures) is protected by the first Amendment

 

Author: PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

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  1. I live in Georgia and this is mild compared to the other lunatics in the state legislature.

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