Politician Pushes Bill to Make Vulgar Photoshopping Illegal

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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  • precursors
    he mad bro
  • lancelot123
    The butthurt is strong with this one.
  • wannabepro
    lancelot123The butthurt is strong with this one.'nuff said.
    'Murica is becoming a nation of pansies and butthurt wusses.
  • Soda-88
    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:
  • Devoteicon
    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.
  • COLGeek
    Good luck enforcing that....
  • Jprobes
    @Soda-88 - Fortunately this is isolated to the bible thumping, backwards thinking state of Georgia.

  • ipwn3r456
    What's next? Downloading porn illegal?
  • Shin-san
    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
  • lancelot123
    ipwn3r456What's next? Downloading porn illegal?Alrighty then. Shall we go to jail?