Man who taught dog Nazi salute: I have a criminal record 'because I offended people’

Man who taught dog Nazi salute: I have a criminal record 'because I offended people’

Markus Meechan had his YouTube channel demonetised after he was found guilty of gross offence for filming his dog doing Nazi salutes.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Markus Meechan, who taught a dog to do a Nazi salute to “annoy” his girlfriend, has said that he feels he was convicted for “hurting people’s feelings” and now has a criminal record because he “offends people”.

In March last year, he was found guilty of a charge under the Communications Act, after he filmed his girlfriend's pug, Buddha, responding to statements such as "gas the Jews" and "Sieg Heil" by raising its paw.

Under the charge, the video was described as grossly offensive because it was "anti-semitic and racist in nature", after the Judge told the court he did not believe Mr Meechan had made the video simply to annoy his girlfriend and ruled it was anti-semitic.

 

 

Mr Meechan, also known by his online persona Count Dankula, told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “I have a criminal record and a £800 fine that I have refused to pay. I have not paid it but to prove it was not about the money, I donated £800 to a children’s hospital.

“I refused to pay the fine and it is past the threshold now. It is now just a case of waiting for the cops to come and get me.”

He added: “I was literally convicted for causing gross offence, which basically means that I hurt people’s feelings.

“I have a criminal record and possible prison sentence because I offended people – that is literally what I was convicted for.”

 

'Fundamentally untrue'

Mr Meechan said he lost his job in private security because he was found guilty.

“I was working in private security and basically I can’t do that anymore,” he said.

“You can’t work in private security when you are the security risk. I have had a few times when I was working on nightclub doors and people have recognised me.

“A few people get a little bit upset so when you are throwing someone out, they might have a bit of a grievance against you. Your life is quite public.”

 

 

After losing his security job, Mr Meechan earned a living through his YouTube channel until it was demonetised last year. 

He was connected to the founder of English Defence League Tommy Robinson in a BuzzFeed News article in January this year, as another "far-right" figure whose adverts had also been removed. 

“My whole channel got demonetised – all the adverts pulled,” Mr Meechan said.

“It was BuzzFeed who were talking to YouTube about Tommy Robinson’s channel because his channel got demonetised.

“I got mentioned in it and I got called far-right, which is fundamentally untrue, but then again BuzzFeed have no idea what far-right even means.

“YouTube in a panic demonetised my entire channel.”

 

'The thought police' 

Mr Meechan, who describes himself as a professional s***poster, said that he did not regret making the initial video.

“It highlighted a really important problem that this country is facing where causing offence is now becoming a criminal offence,” he said.

“We have a police force that is getting trained to be the new equivalent of the thought police.

“We are getting people posting things online and getting the police recording it – it is not a criminal incident – but it is getting record as such.”

 

 

He added: “Everyone used to roll their eyes whenever someone said they would tell the thought police until we have police calling people asking them to ‘check their thinking’. That is a terrifying concept.”

Mr Meechan said that people who “go out to find stuff that offends them”, brought “it on themselves”.

“Nobody is forcing you to sit at your computer and nobody is forcing you to consume this content,” he said.

“You get to choose it. If anyone goes out to find stuff that offends them, they are bringing it on themselves. If you don’t like the content, don’t watch it.”

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