Talk about not being able to take a joke! Georgia State Representative Earnest G. Smith is so upset about someone Photoshopping his head onto a rather attractive, adult video star that he is ready to create legislation that makes creating trashy photoshopping illegal and punishable with up to a $1,000 fine. (Cue the laugh track please.)
According to CNet.com Andre Walker, who created the kinky photo, has lawyered up and is ready to fight on the premise of the First Amendment’s freedom of speech rights.
However, Mr. Smith made his sentiments clear about the defense stating to Fox News, “No one has a right to make fun of anyone. It’s not a First Amendment right.” With that logic, first graders everywhere will be in handcuffs.
The sad part about this whole thing is that this guy is actually serious. The idea was sparked about a year ago after a girl fell victim to online bullying. The initial idea was to make it a misdemeanor to cause “an unknowing person wrongfully to be identified as the person in an obscene depiction.” It’s interesting that this “idea” for action on pranksters only became the center of attention when he was the butt of the joke.
It’s definitely a serious situation when someone is bullied and abused, whether they are an adult or a child. In those cases, we have to take the time in our communities to discourage this type of behavior through compassion and community awareness and not attempt to place a ban on our rights in a free society.
In the case of State Rep. Smith, he just needs to get over it.