Last week, Scottish YouTuber and comedian Count Dankula, aka Mark Meechan, was convicted of a hate crime for posting a video on YouTube of his pug giving the Nazi salute.

Wow, writing it out this way it really sounds like it can’t possibly be true but yup, it happened in the UK.

From The Daily Beast:

Meechan, who performs and YouTubes under the name Count Dankula, has now been found guilty of a charge under Britain’s Communications Act.

A judge said the video was “grossly offensive” because it was “anti-Semitic and racist in nature” and was aggravated by religious prejudice. Meechan is due to be sentenced next month and could face jail time.


For a joke.

Ricky Gervais has been very vocal in his support for the Count, and in his disdain for the court that convicted a man of a hate crime over a YouTube video. Take for example this perfect photo-tweet:



She’s kidding, by the way. We know, we shouldn’t have to tell you that but someone somewhere will think she’s really calling 911 because it’s a stupid time to be alive.

Well, clearly this is a hate crime too now.

Hey, turnabout is fair play.



Scottish man charged with a hate crime after teaching his girlfriend’s pug the Nazi salute