Banned Memes In Russia
Hmm, just when we though Russia might be warming up to the rest of the world, they decide to revert 100 years with banned memes.
Umbrella Law Protect… Everyone?
Yup, coat-tailing on a recent lawsuit filed by 80s musician Valeri Syutkin, Russia has passed a law regulating all photos of celebrities and public figures. According to the Washington Post, Syutkin filed a law suit because of an internet meme that used another artist’s lyrics over one of his photos. Specifically, the lyrics said “Smack the bitch in the face.” Syutkin won the lawsuit because the lyrics did not represent his celebrity profile and image.
No Putin Memes Allowed
Immediately after winning the case, Russia passed a law that prevents anyone from posting images of celebrities that do not represent their likeness. The umbrella law includes any and all photos of Vladimir Putin. the Russian media agency justifies the new law by stating that they are protecting the “honor, dignity and business of public figures.” AKA, anything viral with the potential to disrupt strict censorship is illegal.
Russia Declares Isolationism for 21st Century… Kind of.
This is a giant step backwards for Russian media and begs the question, what does the future of Russian media look like? Who knows, maybe stars like Justin Beiber and Lindsey Lohan will relocate to Russia to protect their dignity and honor from internet trolls and paparazzi. Either that, or Russia will revert to an age of isolation comparable to that of the late 1800s.