Anonymous Advocates Sending "Butthurt Report Form" to Jan Brewer, Legislators
Update: H.B. 2549 has been stopped.
Way to go, Arizona legislators, you officially pissed off the Internet.
One of the most popular Twitter accounts associated with the Anonymous community, "YourAnonNews," got wind of Arizona's House Bill 2549, which was labeled by one critic as a "bill to censor electronic speech."
The response -- repeated multiple times to the account's 562,000-plus followers -- is to fax a "butthurt report form" to Governor Jan Brewer and state legislators.
If you're at the Capitol with a "butthurt report form" in your fax machine, now you know why.
A "butthurt report form," as you can see from the image below, is a way of mocking people who get offended by things they see online.
For example, under the headline "please tell us more about the incident of butthurt," you can check off options such as "Someone made a blog post that I didn't agree with," and "Someone wrote a story or anecdote that brought up Bad Memories and made me cry."
This is actually a pretty fitting response to the language of the bill, which, according to a Senate fact sheet, "Prohibits using any electronic or digital device, instead of a telephone, with the intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend a person."
The Anonymous "tweets" include Brewer's fax number, in case anyone with a completed "butthurt report form" is having trouble finding a place to send it.
"We feel like the US should probably just vote Arizona out of the union," one of the recent posts from "YourAnonNews" says. "Especially now with the #ButthurtLaw #HB2549 passed."
Despite many places on the Internet declaring the bill as being "passed," it hasn't.
The bill was amended before it passed the Senate, so it would be passed by legislators if the House opted to "concur" with the amendment.
Of course, Brewer would also have to sign it into law.
Still, it's a little late for everyone to find out about this gem of legislation, seeing how far it's gone under the radar.
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