Popehat Contest: Everybody Photoshop Georgia State Representative Earnest Smith

Noted First Amendment scholar Earnest Smith, a Democratic member of the Georgia House of Representatives, had this to say in support of his co-sponsorship of a bill that prohibits photoshopping people into nude pictures:

“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,” he said.

This is, of course, a riotously wrong and transcendentally stupid and un-American statement.

Rep. Smith gets a certain amount of credit for the fact that the bill he is sponsoring is actually far narrower than that ridiculous proposition, criminalizing only the act of "wrongfully" creating a fake "obscene" photoshop depicting another person when a reasonable person would be fooled into thinking the picture was real. He also gets a certain amount of credit for helping to teach children that nothing that drips or slithers or plops from the mouth of a politician should be believed.

On the other hand, contrary to his oath of office, Smith is wantonly promoting abject ignorance of the most fundamental law of our nation. So: let's photoshop him. No nudes or obscene pics please. A suitable prize will be awarded to creator of the photoshop that best captures the stupid violence Rep. Smith has inflicted upon the truth about free speech.

A few starting examples below the fold.

Via Jayson Shenk:


Via Christopher Law:


And my humble suggestion:

SmithCatThere's a reason I'm not paid as a graphic designer.

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  1. Zack says

    You'd think that state and federal politicians would, at a minimum, take a course on constitutional law or something to that effect so they could at least have a working understanding of the fundamentals of the case-law surrounding what they've sworn to defend…. I mean, hell, Brandenburg V. Ohio should be mandatory for everyone to at least know the principles of; maybe then we'd get fewer people trying to claim Butthurt in the First Degree as a cause of action.

  2. James Pollock says

    Can we assume that Adobe will be making a sizable campaign contribution to whoever runs against him next time around?

  3. says

    "So far, he has heard no objections from free-speech advocates defending the Constitution’s First Amendment."

    In… 3… 2… 1…



    This doesn't meet the contest requirements, so it's… just to make the point.

    (In the future, would someone remind me that some challenges… don't… necessarily… need to be met. The "research" to find a suitable pic for this was…

    I never want to do that again.)

  4. C. S. P. Schofield says

    Nothing obscene. What is it they say about trying to dress up an ultimate example further yet? Something about 'Gilding the Silly"?

  5. Delvan says

    Beautiful Justin, beautiful. His pose in that shot is ripe for use for 'photos of an obscene nature' as well.

  6. Jack says

    WTF is this guy doing photoshopping Herman Cain's face on his body and putting it on his bio? I thought he was anti-photoshop?

  7. Narad says

    No nudes or obscene pics please.

    I think taking Visanthe Shiancoe's dong off the table is ill considered.