Georgia lawmaker wants to make Photoshop jobs like this a crime

Last week a political pundit from Georgia posted this Photoshopped image of State Rep. Earnest Smith on his blog.fake Now the lawmaker is co-sponsoring a bill that would make stuff like this a misdemeanor with a $1,000 fine.

Smith wants his colleagues to agree that “a person commits defamation when he or she causes an unknowing person wrongfully to be identified as the person in an obscene depiction.”

Andre Walker, who did the “artwork,” writes on his blog: “I have the protected right to Photoshop the head of any elected official onto the body of anything I chose. …The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects all forms of speech, not just spoken word.”

He continues:

Rep. Smith needs to grow some thick skin if he’s going to be an elected official. Trust me when I say the altered photograph shown above was not the worst I could have done.

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

* Lawmaker targets altered photos (chronicle.augusta.com)
* Rep. Earnest Smith shows his thin skin (georgiaunfiltered.blogspot.com)

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