Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Do the Bartman

Australian Supreme Court Justice Michael Adams is an idiot. Hot on the heels of another case involving the censorship of under-aged cartoon characters getting it on, Justice Adams has decided to uphold the child pornography conviction against a man caught possessing images of characters from The Simpsons having sex. Look, no one's arguing that looking at drawings of a naked Bart and Lisa is in good taste, but it has absolutely nothing to do with child pornography. These aren't children. They're cartoon characters. They aren't even people. They're cartoon characters. Adams acknowledged as much in his ruling. Sort of. He admitted that Bart and Lisa aren't real, have hands with four fingers, and are drawn with faces that are porportionally impossible. But, he added, just because they aren't depicted as realistic human beings doesn't mean they aren't people. Take a moment to let that sink in. The convicted man (I won't reprint his name, since he doesn't deserve the attention) will not be sentenced as harshly as someone who possessed actual child pornography. But he will have to pay $3,000 in fines and enter into a two-year good behavior bond. So, probation. Gotta make sure he doesn't download any hot pics of Pebbles or Bam Bam. Jesus Christ. More details here.

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