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Scottish man found guilty of ‘hate speech’ for joke video

Scottish comedian Mark Meechan, 29, was found guilty of a “hate crime” after uploading a video to YouTube of his girlfriend’s dog performing a Nazi salute and responding to anti-Semitic phrases.

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Jacob Argintaru | The Avro Post

Scottish comedian Mark Meechan, 29, was found guilty of a “hate crime” after uploading a video to YouTube of his girlfriend’s dog performing a Nazi salute and responding to anti-Semitic phrases.

The comedian, better known by his YouTube alias “Count Dankula,” uploaded the video on April 11, 2016. The video show’s Meechan training his girlfriend’s dog, Buddah, to perform a Nazi salute in response to “sieg heil,” and to get excited when asked if the pug wants to “gas the Jews.”

Meechan created the video as a joke to annoy his girlfriend, only intending for close friends to see it. The video, entitled “M8 Yer Dugs A Nazi,” went viral after making its way to the front page of Reddit, eventually being picked up by mainstream media when The Daily Mirror published an article framing it as genuinely anti-Semitic.

On April 28th, 2016, Meechan was arrested by Scottish police for “hate speech.” On March 20th, 2018, Meechan was charged of being “grossly offensive” under the Telecommunications Act of 2003 section 127:

A person is guilty of an offence if he— (a) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or (b) causes any such message or matter to be so sent.

Meechan is to be sentenced in April.


More details to follow | Image of Mark Meechan from Pop Culture.

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