The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments on whether to hear a case that could change how we consume memes.
The ruling is the most significant legal test yet for the meme culture that began in the United States in the early 2000s.
The case could reshape the way we consume media and the way people engage with others on social media.
But while the justices could be leaning in favor of the memes, they could also be taking a hard look at the medium itself.
A three-judge panel in April ruled that memes are speech, not mere “commentary” or “comment.”
The justices did not rule on whether memes should be classified as such.
In June, a panel of the Supreme Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld the D.C. ordinance that bars the use of the term “skinny” in any context, even in memes.
The court has already heard arguments on the matter.
But there’s been a lot of controversy over the meme wars over the past year.
There have been many memes that have been banned in D.O.C., including one featuring a naked woman and a cat.
A man in New York was arrested in January for trying to sell the meme to his cousin.
In response to the controversy, the Supreme, a group of five conservative justices, on Monday rejected the D&C law and a petition from a group calling itself the Supreme Law Society for the First Amendment.
The group argued that memes can’t be considered speech because they are not a “distinctly distinct form of expression,” like other speech.
“The Supreme Court has not ruled on whether ‘skinny’ memes are protected under the First or Fourteenth Amendments,” the group said in a statement.
The Supreme Courts, which are considered the nation’s top appellate court, have not ruled.