A Turkish court appointed five ‘Lord of the Rings’ experts to figure out whether this Gollum meme is offensive

This is a really interesting news story. The issue raises a lot of interesting questions regarding freedom of speech issues. Beyond that, however, this situation exemplifies the profound impact that literature can have on popular culture, in turn overflowing into other areas of life– even legal issues!

Turkish doctor Bilgin Çiftçi lost his job. He’s been put on trial. And whether he goes to prison hinges on one thing: Is Gollum a good guy? 


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s