A Turkish Man's Fate Depends On Whether Or Not Gollum Is Actually Evil
A Turkish man might be facing jail time because of a meme he posted on Facebook comparing Gollum to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.By Kaileen Gaul | December 2, 2015
One Turkish man's freedom hinges on whether "The Lord of the Rings" character Gollum is, in fact, a bad guy. (Video via New Line Cinema)
Insulting a public figure is illegal in Turkey, which landed a Turkish physician in trouble after he posted a meme on Facebook comparing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Gollum.
The defendant's attorney claimed the judge couldn't rule on Gollum's character since he hadn't seen the "Lord of the Rings" films in their entirety. So the judge is rounding up a panel of five experts to testify to Gollum's character. (Video via Warner Bros.)