Man guilty of hate crime for filming pug's 'Nazi salutes'

 
 
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A man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes before putting the footage on YouTube has been convicted of committing a hate crime. Mark Meechan, 30, recorded his girlfriend's pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as "gas the Jews" and "Sieg Heil" by raising its paw. But police were alerted and he was arrested for allegedly committing a hate crime. The original clip had been viewed more than three million times on YouTube.

Meechan, of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, went on trial at Airdrie Sheriff Court where he denied any wrong doing.

He insisted he made the video, which was posted in April 2016, to annoy his girlfriend Suzanne Kelly, 29. But 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. Sheriff O'Carroll told the court he did not believe Meechan had made the video only to annoy his girlfriend and ruled it was anti-Semitic.

He also said he believed Meechan - who was supported at court by Tommy Robinson, former leader of far-right group the English Defence League (EDL) - left the video on YouTube to drive traffic to other material he had on there. He added: "In my view it is a reasonable conclusion that the video is grossly offensive. "The description of the video as humorous is no magic wand. "This court has taken the freedom of expression into consideration. "But the right to freedom of expression also comes with responsibility."

Sheriff O'Carroll said Meehan was "quite obviously an intelligent and articulate man". But he added: "The accused knew that the material was offensive and knew why it was offensive. "Despite that the accused made a video containing anti-Semitic content and he would have known it was grossly offensive to many Jewish people."

Ross Brown, defending, said Meechan had only intended the video to be seen by a small group of friends and to annoy his girlfriend.  He said the material had been leaked and gone viral but Police Scotland then wrongly pursued Meechan despite his later videos attempting to "set the record straight".

Mr Brown said: "His girlfriend testified that Mr Meechan had never made known to her any anti-Semitic views whatsoever. "The accused possesses both tolerant and liberal views. "His girlfriend is in no doubt it was an example of his sense of humour."

Shameful judgement. Not a fan of the guy but this is undue.


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Carrying on with the "offensive" laws then;

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-42285433

This one's not exactly "a joke", but fuck me, 9-10 months in prison?

You can argue that it's treating religious crimes fairly equally what with the examples above offending various faiths or ideals, but c'mon this is a fucking joke. Jimmy Carr has said worse things about retarded people on National TV, and Franky Boyle has alluded to the DUP/Unionist Protestants being outright gay, but some no-name guy with a dog...?


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Wow, what a pussified societies have become. If they actually captured terrorists it wouldn't bother so much.


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Happened in my country too. Scotland is an absolute farce at this point.

The guy even clarified at the start of the video that the whole point of the joke was to turn his girlfriend's cute pug into "the least cutest thing he can think of" AKA Nazis.

Not only has the Scottish criminal justice system completely missed the entire premise and structure of what a joke actually is, but how utterly inconsistent they've implemented these hate crime laws.

What about Prince Harry's Nazi costume? John Cleese's Faulty Tower's routine? If you're going to penalise Nazi jokes at least apply it across the board you fucks.
Last Edit: March 23, 2018, 02:31:26 PM by Mordo


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it's not america though

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Garlemald did nothing wrong.
Why is “Sieg Heil” offensive again? It literally just means “Hail victory”. We don’t get offended by the Japanese going “Banzai”.


 
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Why is “Sieg Heil” offensive again? It literally just means “Hail victory”. We don’t get offended by the Japanese going “Banzai”.
because of what it evokes

banzai doesn't evoke anything in particular

it pays well not to be literal-minded


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Welp. Never going to Scotland.

Seriously, this is stupid. Pardon my french but why the fuck is everybody these days such a fucking pussy?

Its satirical humor.


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Welp. Never going to Scotland.

Seriously, this is stupid. Pardon my french but why the fuck is everybody these days such a fucking pussy?

Its satirical humor.
I've noticed this on this site also. Everything is extreme right or emotional crap or whatever.


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I would argue what it evokes should be worse considering there were people that got fucking bayonetted after hearing it.

because of what it evokes

banzai doesn't evoke anything in particular

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I would argue what it evokes should be worse considering there were people that got fucking bayonetted after hearing it.
or the karate kid gets a yellow ford from mr. miyagi

it's not worse at all get over it


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I'm not upset though? Take a chill pill Christ.

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I DONT GIVE A SINGLE -blam!- MOTHER -blam!-ER ITS A MOTHER -blam!-ING FORUM, OH WOW, YOU HAVE THE WORD NINJA BELOW YOUR NAME, HOW MOTHER -blam!-ING COOL, NOT, YOUR ARE NOTHING TO ME BUT A BRAINWASHED PIECE OF SHIT BLOGGER, PEOPLE ONLY LIKE YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE NINJA BELOW YOUR NAME, SO PLEASE PUNCH YOURAELF IN THE FACE AND STAB YOUR EYE BECAUSE YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A PIECE OF SHIT OF SOCIETY
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Why is “Sieg Heil” offensive again? It literally just means “Hail victory”. We don’t get offended by the Japanese going “Banzai”.
Because of the context. Sieg Heil has been claimed and tainted by Hitler and his regime. It's not used in Germany anymore and is inextricably linked to nazism. The words "blood and soil" are also completely innocent and meaningless on its own, but the context of it being one of the most prominent slogans of neo-nazis / far right extremists / white supremacists all over the world does give it a very loaded meaning.

Also, this guy isn't German. That's a key difference here. There is no way he'd ever use the words sieg heil to describe anything normal as someone speaking German might do. It's like the word "fuhrer". In Germany, it's still used to refer to "leader" in conjunction with other words. But outside of the German language, literally no one would use it in any neutral way. If you're a German and say Fuhrer there's several things it might refer to. If you're a Scottish dude saying Sieg Heil (two words that don't even appear in your language), it's very clear what you're getting at.


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