Count Dankula Fined $1,100 For 'Hate Crime' Of Teaching Dog Nazi Salute As A Joke

Chris Menahan
Apr. 23, 2018

Mark "Count Dankula" Meechan narrowly avoided prison at his sentencing on Monday after being found guilty of a "hate crime" in the UK for teaching his dog to Nazi salute as a joke.

From BBC:
A man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes before putting the footage on YouTube has been fined 800.

Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend's pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as "Sieg Heil" by raising its paw.

[...]Sheriff Derek O'Carroll found him guilty of a charge under the Communications Act that he posted a video on social media and YouTube which was grossly offensive because it was "anti-Semitic and racist in nature" and was aggravated by religious prejudice.

Fining Meechan 800, the sheriff told him: "The centrepiece of your video consists of you repeating the phrase 'Gas the Jews' over and over again as a command to a dog which then reacts.
"You use the command Sieg Heil, having trained the dog to raise its paw in response and the video shows a clip of a Nuremberg rally and a flashing image of Hitler with strident music. You say the video was only intended as a joke to upset your girlfriend, whose dog you used, and nothing more.

"On the whole evidence..I found it proved that the video you posted, using a public communications network, was grossly offensive and contained menacing, anti-Semitic and racist material."

He added: "The fact that you claim in the video, and elsewhere, that the video was intended only to annoy your girlfriend and as a joke and that you did not intend to be racist is of little assistance to you.

"A joke can be grossly offensive. A racist joke or a grossly offensive video does not lose its racist or grossly offensive quality merely because the maker asserts he only wanted to get a laugh."
Imagine being filled with self-righteous fervor as you punish someone in court for making a joke on the internet.

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