That's the rule, KC! Probably the best known example is the case of Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell
, where Hustler
published an extremely distasteful parody ad involving Jerry Falwell, his mother and an outhouse. The United States Supreme Court said that even though it was obvious the statements were false and Hustler
knew they were false, it was also obvious the ad was not intended to protray actual events and Falwell was a public figure, so the speech was protected. Public figures are pretty much fair game. Is rykat a public figure?