Apparently Tennessee is full of pansy-assed pussies that can’t handle having their delicate sensibilities offended:
A new Tennessee law makes it a crime to “transmit or display an image” online that is likely to “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” to someone who sees it. Violations can get you almost a year in jail time or up to $2500 in fines.
[…] The ban on distressing images, which was signed by Gov. Bill Haslam last week, is also an update to existing law. Tennessee law already made it a crime to make phone calls, send emails, or otherwise communicate directly with someone in a manner the sender “reasonably should know” would “cause emotional distress” to the recipient. If the communciation lacked a “legitimate purpose,” the sender faced jail time.
The new legislation adds images to the list of communications that can trigger criminal liability. But for image postings, the “emotionally distressed” individual need not be the intended recipient. Anyone who sees the image is a potential victim. If a court decides you “should have known” that an image you posted would be upsetting to someone who sees it, you could face months in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
Considering that much of what I write and say is offensive to someone out on the Internet I’d be in serious trouble if I lived in Tennessee. Especially given my fondness for images like this:
I don’t generally have any particular state of the union in mind when I post stuff like that, but if you live in Tennessee then I can understand how you might find such an image distressing because there’s a pretty good chance it applies to you.
Or perhaps you’d be more upset at something like this:
I’m sorry, I can’t help it. The look on Jesus’ face is just too damned funny not to laugh at. Sure, I can see how these might be upsetting to the more delicate natures of Tennessee residents, but then they probably shouldn’t be hanging out on SEB to begin with if they’re so thin-skinned.
Not that I’m too worried about this law. I seriously doubt it would stand up to a Constitutional challenge in court. And it’s not like I have much of a desire to visit or reside in Tennessee anytime soon. I don’t generally have a problem with Tennessee, at least not until they passed this idiotic law, I honestly just don’t think about the state that much.
Though if you are from Tennessee and you have been offended by things I’ve posted or written about here on SEB, then please allow me to say, in all sincerity and from the bottom of my heart, with all the love and warmth I can muster: Fuck you.