Man faces two years in prison for saying Turkey's president looks like Gollum

A Turkish doctor is on trial for sharing a meme with side-by-side photos of the president of Turkey and Gollum. He is accused on insulting the president. The court has assembled a team of experts to determine whether or not the president resembles Gollum, a character from Lord of the Rings that J.R.R. Tolkien described as "a small, slimy creature."

From IBI Times:

The experts, including two academics, two behavioural scientists and an expert on cinema, will reportedly decided whether Erdogan was insulted in the tweet.

[The doctor], who claims that Gollum is not a bad character and that he did not insult anyone, faces up to two years in prison if convicted.

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  1. If you can go to jail for insulting someone, I think that tells everyone quite clearly what sort of person they are.

  2. Well I have to admit there is a bit of a resemblance.

  3. The man should have been exiled instead giving Erdogan the opportunity to say, "Leave now and never come back! Leave now and never come back!!"

  4. So they're not laying Smeagoling charges?

    This type of story is starting to get a Ring of familiarity to it. I'm starting to Sauron them.

    God forbid someone hurt Erdogan's precious feelings.

    ...

    I'll see myself out.

  5. Aren't you thinking of Dobby?

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