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Russia s powerful media
and Internet watchdog
outlawed the use of
celebrity Internet memes,
according to a clarification
it posted on the Russian
social network VKontakte
earlier this week.
Ticking off a few items
that violate a Russian law
protecting public figures
personal data, the govern-
ment body specifically
blacklisted the "use of pho-
tos of public personas for
the purposes of Internet
memes not pertaining to
the actual celebrity."
In other words, Russian
media outlets that share
images of celebrities with
words pasted on top---
memes commonly known
as image macros---"will be
prosecuted to the full extent
of the law."
As the Washington Post
reported, the law wasn t
clarified to protect Keanu s
dignity, rather it came in
the wake of a lawsuit that
was filed by a Russian singer
named Valeri Syutkin.
Still, the clarification is
yet another backwards step
as part of Russia s larger
crackdown on freedom of
speech and expression.
The country has been
given a press freedom score
100, with 100 being the
worst) by the independent
Freedom House, with a sta-
tus of "not free." (mash-
Too soon: That s the overwhelming
reaction to actor Mark Wahlberg s
plans to produce Patriots Day, a fea-
ture film about the deadly bombing
of the 2013 Boston Marathon.
Columnists, pundits and others say
that the pain and suffering caused by
the attack is still too fresh and too real
for the families of the three killed and
the hundreds of people injured to think
about making a movie. Wahlberg, who
grew up in Boston, is taking a beating.
"How does someone who markets
himself as a Boston guy not see that
it is far too soon, that the city is still
far too sad for its trauma to be trans-
formed into mass entertainment?"
wrote Eileen McNamara, a former
columnist for The Boston Globe who
now teaches journalism at Brandeis
Others questioned the timing of the
announcement---two weeks before the
second anniversary of the bombing and
in the middle of the federal trial of
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old
who was convicted Wednesday in the
attack and could be sentenced to death.
CBS Films said the movie will be based
on a firsthand account from former
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis
of the investigation and massive man-
hunt for Tsarnaev and his brother, who
died during a gunbattle with police.
During the trial, marathon spectators
gave heartbreaking testimony about
losing legs in the explosions or watching
people bleed to death on the sidewalk.
The father of the youngest victim---
eight-year-old Martin Richard---
described making the agonising decision
to go get help for his six-year-old
daughter, whose leg had been blown
off, after realising his son would not
"The trial has served as almost a
movie of the events itself, making the
concurrent announcement of a fiction-
alised portrayal feel unnecessary and
inappropriate," wrote Charlotte Wilder
"Maybe one day, even someday rel-
atively soon after the trial, turning the
events into a film worthy of the story
would help the healing and honour the
lives of those affected," she wrote.
"But for now, Wahlberg---who plays
up his Boston roots whenever he gets
the chance---picked the wrong time to
break the news."
Liz Norden, the mother of two sons
who each lost a leg in the bombing,
said it s "way too soon" to make a movie
about the attack and she believes Hol-
lywood won t be able to capture the
agony of that day.
"I don t think that could ever be re-
created," Norden said.
"I ve sat in the courtroom with sur-
vivors and family members and seen
what everybody is going through," she
"It s been two years...but people who
live it day in and day out, their lives
are just coming back somewhat. For
people dealing with putting legs on
every day or people who lost loved
ones, that doesn t go away."
Still, Norden said, if someone has to
make a movie about it, it might as well
be Wahlberg. "He s from Boston," she
Davis declined to discuss the movie
with The Associated Press. He told The
Boston Globe he turned down several
earlier offers for movies and books. He
said representatives of CBS Films told
him they were going to make the movie
"Because I m a public person, I didn t
have the right to stop them. I could
either work with them or not," Davis
told the newspaper.
"I talked to them at length and I
thought it would be better to have some
input---to make sure that the depiction
was done properly."
Wahlberg s representatives did not
return calls and e-mails from The Asso-
ciated Press seeking comment. (AP)
In this April 15, 2013, file photo, medical workers aid injured people
following an explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon
in Boston. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted April 8 in federal court
in Boston on multiple charges in the bombings. AP PHOTO
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