Georgia State Rep. Earnest Smith Wants to Ban Vulgar Photoshopping

| by Michael Allen

Georgia State Rep. Earnest Smith wants to ban vulgar photoshopping and make it punishable with an $1,000 fine.

According to Cnet.com, Rep. Smith's head was photoshopped onto the body of a porn star (pictured right) on the blog 'Georgia Politics Unfiltered' by Andre Walker.

"The first Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects all forms of speech, not just spoken word," Walker told Fox News.

However, Rep. Smith claimed: "No one has a right to make fun of anyone. It's not a First Amendment right. This is about being vulgar. We're becoming a nation of vulgar people."

Actually, the Supreme Court did rule that parody is protected speech under the First Amendment in a landmark trial involving Larry Flynt and the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Rep, Smith claims that he had the idea last year in order to protect a girl, who was a victim of online bullying, but for reasons unknown he waited to act until 2013.

His proposed bill would make it a misdemeanor to cause "an unknowing person wrongfully to be identified as the person in an obscene depiction."

Source: Cnet.com