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Politician Pushes Bill to Make Vulgar Photoshopping Illegal

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Earnest Smith had his head edited on to a porn star's body.


After the head of a state lawmaker in Georgia was placed on a porn star's body via the use of Photoshop, he is now pushing for a bill that would ban lewd Photoshopping.

Rep. Earnest Smith pointed towards the image created by a blogger who used it to mock the politician. Outraged with the photo, he is now backing a bill that would see lewd Photoshopping become a crime punishable by a $1,000 fine. The legislator stressed that he's not worried that the bill would violate First Amendment rights.

"Everyone has a right to privacy," he told Fox News. "No one has a right to make fun of anyone. It’s not a First Amendment right." When asked for details on the bill, the lawmaker refused to do so. "At this juncture, I am not at liberty to share anything with you. I don’t have to. If and when this bill passes we can revisit the issue and if I choose to give you details at that time I will, but until then I don’t have to tell you anything," he said.

Smith initially introduced the legislation in 2012 after a teenage girl was subjected to "online attacks," but decided to renew efforts to see it being passed after viewing a picture of his head Photoshopped on the body of a naked man stretched out on rocks.

The bill’s summary said it would make it a misdemeanor offense to modify a photograph that "causes an unknowing person wrongfully to be identified as the person in an obscene depiction." Upon being asked if he thought the bill would target parodies, which are protected by the First Amendment, he stressed that it didn't matter.

"They (parody creators) live for something like this," Smith said. "They are vulgar. This is about being vulgar. We’re becoming a nation of vulgar people." Another lawmaker responded to the bill by stating that Smith is "the conductor of his own crazy train."

Behind the Photoshopped pictures of Smith was Georgia Politics Unfiltered blogger Andre Walker. "I did exactly what Rep. Smith wants to make illegal," Walker said on the bill, which he branded as "asinine." "I pasted a picture of Smith’s head onto the body of a male porn star."

"The first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects all forms of speech, not just spoken word. It attempts to regulate speech and I doubt it would stand up in a court of law. I cannot believe Rep. Earnest Smith thinks I’m insulting him by putting his head on the body of a well-built porn star."

 

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    Soda-88 , February 14, 2013 10:01 PM
    Rofl... if US government continues down this road, they're going to beat North Korea in censorship.

    Also, what if I use GIMP? Will that be legal? :ange: 
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    lancelot123 , February 14, 2013 9:47 PM
    The butthurt is strong with this one.
  • 27 Hide
    precursors , February 14, 2013 9:47 PM
    he mad bro
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  • 27 Hide
    precursors , February 14, 2013 9:47 PM
    he mad bro
  • 29 Hide
    lancelot123 , February 14, 2013 9:47 PM
    The butthurt is strong with this one.
  • 26 Hide
    wannabepro , February 14, 2013 9:53 PM
    lancelot123The butthurt is strong with this one.

    'nuff said.
    'Murica is becoming a nation of pansies and butthurt wusses.
  • 33 Hide
    Soda-88 , February 14, 2013 10:01 PM
    Rofl... if US government continues down this road, they're going to beat North Korea in censorship.

    Also, what if I use GIMP? Will that be legal? :ange: 
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    Devoteicon , February 14, 2013 10:02 PM
    Hopefully he'll sleep on it and come to the realization that acting like a five year is not the way to handle it.

    Grow up, Earnest Smith. Shit like this dose not look good come reelection time.
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    COLGeek , February 14, 2013 10:06 PM
    Good luck enforcing that....
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    Jprobes , February 14, 2013 10:09 PM
    @Soda-88 - Fortunately this is isolated to the bible thumping, backwards thinking state of Georgia.

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    ipwn3r456 , February 14, 2013 10:13 PM
    What's next? Downloading porn illegal?
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    Shin-san , February 14, 2013 10:19 PM
    I would lean towards supporting something like this, but seeing how the political world is, one of those guys might be very quick to define "vulgar" in very broad terms
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    lancelot123 , February 14, 2013 10:19 PM
    ipwn3r456What's next? Downloading porn illegal?

    Alrighty then. Shall we go to jail?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcvWPkrFe90
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    casualcolors , February 14, 2013 10:20 PM
    They would have a better chance at passing something like this if they instead targeted the sexualized photoshopping of minors that goes on in the Porn advertisement industry.

    Shame legislators on the whole are too stupid to even spin issues correctly anymore.
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2013 10:28 PM
    Yeh as said above good luck enforcing that one or getting any cop to arrest for such a thing, I think they have better things to do you morons! None of you trying to bring this bill up probably have never used or seen photoshop or barely turn on a computer. Tired of Washington bs!
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    LORD_ORION , February 14, 2013 10:32 PM
    Parody and Satire are protected.

    When laws are passed to protect "leaders" from being lampooned, you know people are only paying lip service to believing in freedom and liberty.
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    XZaapryca , February 14, 2013 10:35 PM
    Shin-sanI would lean towards supporting something like this, but seeing how the political world is, one of those guys might be very quick to define "vulgar" in very broad terms

    The US Constitution doesn't protect one from being insulted. If it did, there would be no Carlin's, Pryor's, or O'neal's. People couldn't say incredibly stupid things and be ridiculed for it. What kind of pansy world would we be living in then? Keep your "plain yogurt is fine for me" attitude where it belongs. You.
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    Yuka , February 14, 2013 10:42 PM
    SFW PORN FOR EVERYONE!

    But 'shopped with important peoples faces, of course.

    Cheers!
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    anxiousinfusion , February 14, 2013 10:50 PM
    So if the bill passed, everyone would just start using a different program to do the same job. You have to love this old man's deep well of knowledge for technology.
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    alevox , February 14, 2013 10:56 PM
    Funny but I don't think there is anywhere in the First Amendment that says people have a right to free speech, except when they are being 'vulgar'.

    Is this what American tax payers are paying for? To have idiot politicians attempt to legislate things that would be struck down by the courts as being unconstitutional the moment anyone tries to enforce it?
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    C12Friedman , February 14, 2013 11:08 PM
    Quote:
    Rofl... if US government continues down this road, they're going to beat North Korea in censorship.

    Also, what if I use GIMP? Will that be legal? :ange: 

    Sounds like a job for Fatherland, er, uh, Homeland Security
    Wow, better tear up my collection of political cartoons before I get categorized as a terrorist...
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    nonoitall , February 15, 2013 12:08 AM
    Yet another example of the Streisand effect in action.
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    freggo , February 15, 2013 12:16 AM
    Mr. Smith wants to go to Washington and have his 5 minutes of fame when all he prob. was unhappy about was the fact that the porn start's 'member' was not big enough to make him look good :-)
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