Apr 9, 2016 11:40 AM
No joke: A Yeti and his penis take on the First Amendment
ANDOVER - A Yeti penis, which pointed to a Hillary Clinton campaign sign, has been removed and replaced with a sash that says "Whiners."
But the penis had every right to be there, according to the First Amendment.
The Concord Monitor reported that the Yeti was on private property, in a wooded area that likely belongs to Dave Marceau. Because the Yeti is on private property and pointing to a political sign, it is not obscene, according to the law.
The Yeti showed up about two years ago. More recently, a wooden penis was attached, pointing slightly down at a Hillary Clinton campaign sign. A Donald Trump campaign sign, about 20 yards away, was not targeted.
“I would say what you’re looking at here is some political artwork that is protected by the First Amendment,” said Gregory V. Sullivan, a law professor in Boston and the legal counsel for the New England First Amendment Coalition. “And that is not obscene. What’s obvious right away to me is what we’re looking at is political satire.”
Former Selectwoman Sophie Viandier, worried that school buses passing the Yeti on Route 11 would see the Yeti's appendage, so she removed it. Police went to her house and ordered her to put the penis back, which she did.
However, after the attention, the penis has been taken down and replaced with a sash that says "Whiners."