In what seems to be one of the most ludicrous miscarriages of justice in a very long time, an Australian Supreme Court judge has ruled that an internet cartoon depicting sex between characters from The Simpsons is child pornography.
The images in question show Bart, Lisa and Maggie having sex. They were found on the computer of NSW man Alan John McEwan. He’s been charged with possession of child pornography and usage of a carriage service to access child pornography material.
Justice Michael Adams today said that if the images were of real children he’d be looking at ten years behind bars. However, as they were cartoons he was fined $3000 and given a two year good behaviour bond.
The Justice said the purpose of the legislation is to stop real sexual abuse and exploitation of children, however he believed that images like the cartoon “fuel demand for material that does involve the abuse of children.”
Seems to me that the Court needs to recognise the difference between illegal activity and poor taste.