May 22, 2017
The Holocaust isn’t something to joke about.
Six bagelion Jews were gassed and turned into lampshades.
Some things just aren’t funny to joke about. And Jews getting turned into lampshades at a rate of 60,000 per day in Hitler’s Polish lampshade reservations is one of those things.
Prison isn’t enough for this jokester. He should be kidnapped by the Mossad and renditioned to Israel and executed after a swift show trial – just like Adolf Eichman.
A year ago, Scottish YouTube comedian Markus Meechan AKA Count Dankula uploaded a video to YouTube of himself teaching his girlfriend’s dog to be a Nazi. The conceit of the video was to play a prank on his girlfriend by having her pug, Buddha, learn to do tricks to the sound of offensive Nazi slogans, like “gas the jews” and “seig heil.”
The video went viral, receiving millions of views and landing on the front page of Reddit. Most people laughed at the joke and did not interpret it as supportive of Nazi values. But the Scottish police were not amused.
A month after Meechan posted the video, police arrived at his door and threw him in jail for the night. He will appear before a judge on Monday facing a hate crime charge with a maximum sentence of one year in prison. He has also lost multiple jobs as a result of the video. Meechan could become the first Scottish comedian to be jailed for a joke.
“I think everything can and should be joked about,” Meechan told Heat Street over the phone. “I’m still trying to find the humor in it, laughter just makes it easier to deal with.”
He’s right. Everything can and should be joked about. Especially ancient Christian religious traditions and gay sex.
But there is one thing which should never be joked about: the 60 bagelion Jews that were were murdered by pedal-powered brain-bashing machines and then turned into bars of soap by Adolf Hitler.
Meechan said he fears the judge will try to make an example of him because of the amount of attention the case drew from the British press. His trial will have no jury and his sentencing is entirely up to the judge’s discretion.
“I’ve seen this happen before when people get dragged through the media.” he said. “The judge says ‘let’s completely fuck up this one person’s life so no one does it again.’”
…Scotland’s history of sectarian violence between Protestants and Catholics made the police hyper responsive to verbal attacks on religion, more so than in England and Wales.
Yes, I’m sure that’s exactly what it is.
Despite Scotland’s absurdly strict hate crime laws, major Scottish comedians are not given the same treatment as small time YouTubers.
In 2010 comedian Frankie Boyle had to apologize after describing the Palestine situation as a “a cake being punched to pieces by a very angry Jew.” Boyle was not arrested for the joke.
“If Frankie Boyle got arrested people would be fucking furious and the police would not have any public support,” Meechan said.
He added that he believes the fact he is a YouTuber makes him an easier target for both the police and the media.
The group leading the charge against Meechan is the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. At the time of his arrest in 2016 the group called the video “outrageous” and dismissed the idea it could possibly be taken as a joke.
Yes, well – how would you feel if your grandpa was a lampshade, and then some ginger hipster came along and started laughing in your face?
This is no joking matter.
Heat Street reached out to the council and asked if they believe Meechan deserved jail time for the video, but they declined to comment.
…In general Meechan has received support online and in public. People have even approached him to take selfies.
However, one time he said his alcoholic neighbor called him a “Nazi bastard” and threw a bin of dog shit at his door. In an ironic twist and further proof of the Orwellian nightmare that is Scotland, when police arrived they arrest his neighbor, not for throwing dog shit at his door (a crime she admitted to) but for a hate crime because she called him a Nazi bastard.
If the trial goes badly, Meechan has considered applying for asylum in the U.S. In March, the United States granted asylum to a Singaporean YouTuber who was thrown in jail for a video where he humped the Quran. Meechan figures he may have a shot at a similar deal.
“I don’t want to live in a dystopia with gulags full of people arrested for wrongthink,” Meechan said. “I know that sounds extreme but we’re on that path. No opinion should be banned or illegal.”
Meechan is still together with his girlfriend Sou, through the controversy and media attention, and their pug Buddha is still a raging anti-semite.
It’s time we made a deep examination of our souls and ask ourselves: isn’t there more we can do for the Jews?
Here’s the original video.