The Supreme Court struck down a federal law Tuesday aimed at banning videos depicting graphic violence against animals, saying that it violates the constitutional right to free speech.
Chief Justice John J. Roberts Jr., writing for an eight-member majority, said the law was overly broad and not allowed by the First Amendment. He rejected the government’s argument that whether certain categories of speech deserve constitutional protection depends on balancing the value of the speech against its societal costs.
ADULT CONTENT AFTER THE BREAK.
The law was enacted in 1999 to forbid sales of so-called crush videos, which appeal to a certain sexual fetish by depicting the torture of animals or showing them being crushed to death by women with stiletto heels or their bare feet.
At Mike Cane 2008, I did a series of posts:
Big Man Marine Murders Helpless Puppy
Video Site Logo: Which One Has This?
Another Iraqi Puppy Meets U.S. Soldier
Welcome To The Internet, Everyone!
Found: The Video Site With Green Bug
Puppy Killer David Motari Expelled From U.S. Marines
In the course of tracking down the original source of the video, I visited several sites I’d never before seen or even heard of.
I came across two videos that were so disturbing, I bailed after just a few seconds. I could not believe what I was seeing.
One had a puppy. One had a rabbit.
I never knew a rabbit could vocalize until I saw the beginning of the depraved cruelty in that video.
And I didn’t know until today that there was an entire category of these sick videos, called “crush videos.”
This is a screensnap I took back then. I never thought I would have to use this nuclear weapon:
The puppy has alive. Was it drugged? Were its legs broken? It could not get up to flee as a lively puppy would. Nor could the rabbit.
But both could express the pain they were feeling.
I don’t give a damn what the Supreme Court says. I don’t give a damn what any of you say.
This is wrong.
If you’re the kind of person who needs to see innocent life suffer in order to become sexually aroused, I’ve got news for you: You’re a very sick bastard.
And you do not belong around everyone else.
And those of you who make these videos, that goes double for you too.
I have a record of lambasting Apple for stupid content rejection:
August 26, 2008: Apple Forfeits eBooks By Banning A Comic Book!
August 27, 2008: Apple And A Tale Of Two Bannings
November 9, 2008: Apple Bans ANOTHER Book From App Store!
December 23, 2008: Apple Approves Of Shooting Nurses In The Face!
November 7, 2009: Apple: Get The Hell Out Of Your Own Way!
November 9, 2009: Another Day, Another DoubleDumb Apple Book Rejection!
December 22, 2009:Apple’s Two-Faced Censorship At Work Again
January 1, 2010:A REAL Justification For Apple Censorship?
April 15, 2010: The Latest Outrageous Apple Book Rejection!
April 15, 2010: Apple: Think What Now?
April 16, 2010: Apple Rescinds Book Ban
But I have absolutely no problem with Apple seeking to ban the kind of depravity and sickness that’s created solely to pander to the base instincts of people who have a mental illness and those who are so fixated on the human sexual act that they must have access to it at every possible moment.
When TechCrunch (a reminder of who they are) posted this today — Steve Jobs Reiterates: “Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone” — what were they really advocating? Where were they when I screamed first over a comic book? Is getting an erection more important to them than artistic expression? Do they even know the difference between imaginary creations by artists and those whose alleged “simulation” can’t be anything other than a real act taking place on camera?
All of you advocating for pornography in the App Store, here’s a technical tip for you: you can rip any damned Internet video that’s available very easily and manually load it into your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad yourself. There is so much of it out there — entirely for free — that you can remain in a sexually aroused state, practically a vegetable, doing nothing else for the rest of your life.
Most of us out here in the real world have actual things we want to accomplish.
Leave us the hell alone.