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    Turkish Court Tries to Determine if ‘Gollum’ Is an Insult

    Are they wasting precious time? Turkish doctor Bilgin Ciftci is on trial for sharing a meme comparing Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Gollum from the Lord of the Rings films. Ciftci, who faces up to two years in prison, says Gollum isn’t evil, so he wasn’t insulting Erdogan. But the court has given a group of academics and psychologists until February to determine whether the hobbit who’s been twisted and driven mad by the One Ring is a villainous insult to the head of state.

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