Tennessee criminalizes the Internet — with pics!

The Tennessee legislature just passed a law saying that posting images online can be a crime if they “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress.” The distress doesn’t have to be intended, or targeted at a particular person. The rule is so broadly written that anyone who sees a web image that is in any way distressing is now potentially a victim.

The one thing I find more frightening and distressing than offensive photos I run across online is that I live in a country where legislators have no compunction about wasting their time, and ours, secreting a law that any ten-year-old can recognize as an unconstitutional turd.

Anyway, here are some images that distress me. Or maybe I’m fine with ’em, I don’t know; maybe I’m just distressed by the distress they could cause to others.

Which one(s) should be a crime, do you reckon?

Hey, I have an idea: Why don’t the assclowns in the Tennessee state house put on their big-girl panties and decide that someone who’s offended by any of these images isn’t worthy of one scintilla of legal protection? Especially being that we have a First Amendment an’ all?

And if the image of lawmakers in panties offends you, and you happen to live in Tennessee, congratulations — you know what to do.

About Rogier:
Rogier is a Dutch-born, New-England-dwelling multi-media maven (OK, a writer and photographer) whose dead-tree publishing credits include the New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Reason.
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  1. Posted July 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    You can see my response to this new law as a Tennessee artist on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/07/potentially-offensive-portrait-governor.html with my portrait of our Governor Bill Haslam and his ravishing wife.