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After it happened to him, Georgia state Rep. Earnest Smith decided to try and make it illegal to harass somebody by photoshopping their face into porn scenes.  
Earnest Smith has a problem: he doesn't take too kindly to images with his head Photoshopped onto the bodies of male porn stars, and he's introduced a bill to ban the practice. "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." Rep. Smith's bill would impose up to a $1,000 fine, one year in prison, or both on anyone that "intentionally causes an unknowing person wrongfully to be identified as the person in an obscene depiction." This specifically includes "the electronic imposing of the facial image of a person onto an obscene depiction."
Smith says he doesn't care if his bill does violate the First Amendment.
“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.” Not everyone shares Smith’s sentiments. “He’s the conductor of his own crazy train,” one lawmaker told Georgia Politics Unfiltered blogger Andre Walker said he’s behind the photoshopped pictures of Smith. “I did exactly what Rep. Smith wants to make illegal,” Walker, who has referred to Smith’s bill as “asinine,” wrote on his blog.

“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,” Walker said. “It attempts to regulate speech and I doubt it would stand up in a court of law.” The blogger added, “I cannot believe Rep. Earnest Smith thinks I’m insulting him by putting his head on the body of a well-built porn star.”
We can all guess what the next meme will be.

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