1ST AMENDMENT STILL LIVES?
Recently, upon learning that the Supreme Court upheld the massive restrictions on political speech in McCain-Feingold, I pronounced the 1st Amendent dead. Apparently, I was too hasty. As Steven Taylor reports,
A federal appeals court has upheld a Utah artist’s right to make nude photos of Barbie dolls being menaced by kitchen appliances.
Noting the image of Barbie dolls is “ripe for social comment,” a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday rejected toymaker Mattel Inc.’s appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of lampooning the popular doll.
The artist had argued that the photo series, which also included a photo of Barbie dolls wrapped in tortillas and covered in salsa in a casserole dish in a lit oven, was meant to critique the “objectification of women” and “beauty myth” associated with the popular doll.
I’m sure this type of thing is precisely what James Madison had in mind.