Remember Mark Meechan, the YouTuber who recorded his pug becoming a Nazi? In his viral video, he introduced the world to Buddha, his girlfriend’s pug. He stated from the start that this was a prank and that he definitely did not support the Nazi’s. 

“My girlfriend is always ranting and raving about how cute and adorable her dog is, so I thought I would turn him into the least cutest thing that I could think of, which is a Nazi.”  

He proceeded to look over at the dog and ask him, “Buddha, do you wanna gas the Jews?” The pug responded positively, flopping around playfully as if he had been asked to go for a walk. Buddha was then caught watching video’s of Adolf Hitler’s speeches, looking inspired and ready to pick up where Hitler left off. He raised his paw into the air, performing the Roman salute. “Sieg Heil,” Mark said. The dog happily responded with the correct gesture. 

 After the video circulated the internet, police showed up at his door and arrested him for “being an actual Nazi trying to inspire people to become Nazi’s.” It’s important to note that Mark Meechan isn’t from Germany where laws are extremely strict concerning the matter, he’s from Scotland. Though Mark denied committing a hate crime, stating that this was only done as a joke, Ephraim Borowski, director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities said, “It is grossly offensive, it stuns me that anyone should think it is a joke.” He reminded everyone that he lost family members during the Holocaust.

Today, Meechan (who goes by Count Dankula on social media) had his trial to determine whether or not he was guilty of a hate crime. It was determined that he was in fact, guilty. Sentencing has been deferred until April 23rd, but an update was posted by him via Twitter to let his fans know what they should expect in the upcoming weeks.  

“While awaiting sentencing, Court has ordered that I meet with a court social worker for an assessment as to whether or not a Restriction Of Liberty Order will be placed on me. This would involve a GPS tracking device being attached to me and me being placed under house arrest.”

The government wants to keep close tabs on him, so it’s very likely that this will come to pass. Meechan has stated many times that he is not a Nazi nor does he find them a group worthy of sympathy. Yet those in power aggressively reinforce that he’s a Nazi trying to recruit young people to join the movement. Since this whole mess with the law, Meechan has been an advocate for free speech. You can check out his video’s on YouTube or read what he has to say on Twitter. 

Free speech is something worth fighting for. Though there may be consequences, standing up for who you are and what you believe is important. We are no brainwashed robots; we are human beings.