Tweet This: Arizona Bill Could Make Twitter Parody Accounts Illegal - Page 2
Who is to keep a thin-skinned Arizona Christian from taking offense to God being parodied online, and listing in a lawsuit a litany of what he or she considers maliciousness on the part of the tweeter? For some people, simply pretending you are God, even for positive reasons, is verboten. Although that type of legal recourse would be difficult to uphold once in front of a level-headed judge, expect a slew of legal fights from celebrities, sports stars, politicians and wannabes. Also expect very public slug-fests, as owners of the parody accounts shout "it was just in jest, you morons".
Frankly, there are some parody accounts that ought to go, like those created by angry ex-husbands or wives, and chock-a-block filled with vitriol and fictional (although laughable) TMI. Or those that create disturbing accounts like the one of a dead child from Sandy Hook Elementary School. But where does one draw the line with regard to freedom of expression?
If the law in Arizona gets passed, those that live in Arizona and wish to create any new parody accounts, for whatever intent, will have to get the prior written consent of the person or organization they wish to parody. Like that will ever happen.
Of course, the owner of @TheTweetofGod can always say that he heard a divine voice in his head telling him to do it. Should he find himself on the wrong end of a courtroom anyway, he can always remember this Godly quote from Acts ix 5:
"It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."