Some people just can’t manage to get past their exes. One Frenchman was so obsessed that he couldn’t keep from sending his former love interest a long string of text messages. The result: “Last week, 22-year-old Azougagh Bilal was found guilty and sentenced to six months in jail, with three months suspended, after a judge ruled that the messages could indeed be interpreted as death threats, according to Le Dauphiné Libéré.” He was also ordered to cough up a 1000 euro fine. What did the court find so objectionable? . . .
That’s right, he included at least one gun emoji while electronically creeping on the girl. And just in case you were thinking. “Jeez, the stupid cheese-eating surrender monkeys” and dismissing this as a European thing, hold on.
(W)hen the gun emoji is dropped into threatening emails, it’s of course considered a threat.
That’s why police in January 2015 arrested a Brooklyn teenager on charges that included making terrorist threats after he posted messages with a police emoji alongside gun emojis.
The article didn’t detail the content of Bilal’s messages. They very well may have risen to the level of actual harassment. So remember:
Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.
Other times, a gun emoji is a threat that’s backed up by stark reality.