Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Somewhere R. Crumb is laughing like a maniac

From Classically Liberal:

Alan McEwan was charged, tried and convicted of owning child pornography in his native Australia. But, before you jump to conclusions, the alleged porn he owned was a satirical cartoon of the characters from the Simpsons. Now, I must admit it never occurred to me that anyone could consider sexual images of the Simpsons to appeal to anyone's "prurient" interests. It would seem most people would find the cartoons silly while some would find them amusing.

But the courts in Australia ruled that these rude cartoons qualify as child porn because some of the characters, such as Bart and Lisa are under the age of consent. Are you getting this? That these characters are entirely imaginary doesn't matter. The judge ruled that under the law "person" includes "fictional or imaginary characters." He also said that just because "the figure depicted departed from a realistic representation in some respects of human being did not mean that such a figure was not a person." If the laws didn't forbid it I would say this judge was smoking something.

Thank God I'm not Down Under, or being Down Under might be illegal.

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