GA Lawmaker Thinks Satire Should Be a Crime

Georgia State Rep Earnest Smith (left) and the photoshopped image that has him hopping mad. Last year, State Rep. Earnest Smith (D-Augusta) introduced a bill to the Georgia House that would make it a misdemeanor with a $1,000 fine to alter a photograph that “causes an unknowing person wrongfully to be identified as the person in an obscene depiction."

The bill went nowhere, but he's hoping lawmakers take his bill more seriously this time around, now that an image with his head digitally imposed onto the body of a naked pornstar has begun to make the rounds.  

“No one has a right to make fun of anyone. You have a right to speak, but no one has a right to disparage another person. It’s not a First Amendment right,” the Constitutionally-challenged lawmaker told the Morris News Service on Monday.

Andre Walker, a blogger who runs Georgia Politics Unfiltered, has taken credit for the nude photo of Smith, noting its the exact type of satire the lawmaker wants to make illegal.

“The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects all forms of speech, not just spoken word. That’s why House Bill 39 is so asinine,” Walker wrote on his blog. “It attempts to regulate speech and I doubt it would stand up in a court of law.”

Walker is also confused how his image is being construed as making fun Smith.

“I cannot believe Representative Earnest Smith thinks I’m insulting him by putting his head on the body of a well-built porn star,” Smith concluded.

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