Next time you send a stupid meme mocking a politician, be thankful you don’t live in Turkey.

Doctor Bilgin Çiftçi is facing up to two years in prison for insulting the Turkish head of state. Specifically, Çiftçi posted a meme to his Facebook feed that compares Gollum from Lord of the Rings to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

Bu fotoğrafları paylaştığı için memuriyetten atılan Dr. Bilgin Çiftçi yalnız değildir! İlle bir işlem yapmak istiyorsanı…

Posted by Ateist Forum on Thursday, October 15, 2015

While Çiftçi has already lost his job as a result of the charges, he may be able to avoid jail time. His lawyer, Hicran Danışman, is arguing that Gollum isn’t actually a villain, and in some respects, may be considered a hero. Therefore, comparing President Erdogan to the character really isn’t an insult.

As a result of the ingenious defense, the judge in the case has ordered an expert panel to review the film. As the Washington Post reports, “the group will comprise two academics, two behavioral scientists or psychologists and an expert on cinema and television productions.”

I was going to make a joke about the panel consisting of 72 virgins, but I have a headache.

The panel will reveal its findings when the court reconvenes in February. And in closing, here’s a stupid Obama/Gollum pic. It’s not very funny, but if I want to post it, that’s my god damn First Amendment right:

God bless America.

(Source: The Washington Post)