Thursday, January 19, 2012

Congressman fights SOPA with porn

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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Boulder Rep. Jared Polis is something of a hero to the medical marijuana industry, but recently he took on another fight: the battle against the Stop Online Piracy Act. (You may have heard about it? If not, check Wikipedia.)

Polis did the greatest thing anybody could do in this case: He entered the lyrics of "The Internet is For Porn," from Broadway show Avenue Q, into the congressional record, says CNET.

It was a brilliant tactical maneuver. First, it delayed discussions while members of the august Judiciary committee wrangled with how to handle this unusual conversational detour. Second, it put SOPA-supporting chairman Lamar Smith, a conservative Republican whose district is largely Texas Hill Country, on the defensive by appearing to show him siding with the intellectual-property rights of people who create triple-X movies.

If you want, the video's below. If you're unfamiliar with the show, here's our preview from when it came to the Pikes Peak Center last year. And if you're unfamiliar with the lyrics, here's some chorus action: "The Internet is for porn. / The internet is for porn. / Grab your dick and double click for porn, porn, porn."

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