Memes have come a long way since the longcat days – once good for a lol or two, now they’ve been instrumental in electing a president. So when Spain announced a change in laws that could see the artform banned the internet was fucking livid. The law change would extend a ban on defaming or offending people to the online world – but many online activists fear it’s meant to prevent criticism of the government.
Upon the news breaking – ten thousand Adobe Photoshop licenses whirred into action, aiming to block out the Spanish government with the same irreverent banter that got them into trouble in the first place. Their rallying cry? #SinMemesNoHayDemocracia – No Democracy Without Memes.
— Elepezeta Estudio (@ElepezetaDesign) November 11, 2016
Yeah, it doesn’t make much sense to me either. Luckily, it’s 2016 and computers have our back: “Here we have the new hispanic man evolved”
— Basquethai (@Basquethai) November 11, 2016
I know if our government banned memes – I’d be the first to grab an
Adler Shotgun pitchfork and head to the streets.
Francisco here legit calls memes the “language of the soul”. *wipes tear off eye*
— Francisco Emanuel (@Natsu123345) November 11, 2016
The Spanish Government hasn’t committed to any action just yet – but it may take more than a Twitter storm to change the conservative Popular Party‘s mind.