So here is my first political post on the relaunched blog.
A State Representative from Georgia, Earnest Smith (D-Augusta), has introduced HB 39. If passed into law, it would mean “that a person commits defamation when he or she causes an unknowing person wrongfully to be identified as the person in an obscene depiction.” In other words, photoshopping someones head into porn.
While you may be saying that there are 1st Amendment ramifications here, the honorable Rep. has taken the step to use the key work “defamation.” Technically, defamation is not protected speech. However, this type of speech is quite funny.
The funny part to me is that a person would be wrongfully identified in the edited photos. Do you really think that President Obama and Mitt Romney stopped on the campaign last fall to engage in a little sexual horse play? (Questionable image after the link…)
I highly doubt anyone thinks this really happened, but in case you are wondering, this is a fake picture.
Rep Smith claims that we are becoming a vulgar nation. So apparently, outlawing this type of speech will save us from ourselves.
Honestly, this is the type of reaching into our lives that I wish politicians would stop doing. Fix the roads, build some bridges, but leave us to ourselves. Are pictures like this embarrassing? Sure, however, they don’t actually cause harm to anyone.
(h/t to CNET)