In yet another example confirming that political correctness means an Orwellian police state, a Scottish man facing a year in prison over a controversial YouTube video depicting him training his girlfriend’s dog to give Nazi salutes, is due in court on Monday.
Garnering over 2.5 million views, the footage showed Meechan’s girlfriend’s pug watching clips of Adolf Hitler and reacting humorously to the words “gas the jews.” Meechan never thought the video would elicit a police response and said it was meant only to be a lighthearted “joke to upset his girlfriend.”
“Im not racist by the way, I just really wanted to piss her off,” he said.
Following Meechan’s arrest, Police Scotland Detective Inspector David Cockburn maintained that the thought crime would not be acceptable in the Country.
The National Police Force, which was formed in 2013 with the merger of eight regional police forces in Scotland, along with other specialist services of the Scottish Police Services Authority, runs the tagline “Keeping People Safe” on its website.
Apparently part of that mission includes monitoring social media platforms for “offensive” content.
“The clip is deeply offensive and no reasonable person can possibly find the content acceptable in today’s society,” Cockburn said. “This arrest should serve as a warning to anyone posting such material online, or in any other capacity, that such views will not be tolerated.”
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Meechan, a 28-year-old call center worker at the time of his arrest, was fired from his job and received numerous death threats. Made a public spectacle by the UK media, which labeled him a “Nazi.” Meechan prostrated himself by apologizing for the video to the jewish community.
“I’m freaked out because everyone’s going to actually think that I hate jews now and I don’t at all,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t hate anyone, the whole purpose of this was just to annoy my girlfriend. I just want everyone to know that I don’t wish any ill-will on any race or anything, it’s just how shock comedy works.”
Following his apology, Meechan uploaded a picture to his Tumblr account showing he had a Soviet-style hammer and sickle tattoo.
“I uploaded a picture of my hammer and sickle tattoo and then the papers realized I am actually with the Scottish Communists,” Meechan commented. “Within half an hour, they edited all the articles taking out references to me being a Nazi.”
Since the controversy, Meechan has uploaded several updates to his YouTube channel regarding the case. In his most recent video, Meechan answered frequently asked questions and said his trial was set for May 22.
Meechan’s fate will not be determined by a jury however. The verdict of the case will be completely left up to a judge. He faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison if convicted for the “hate crime” charge.
The charge was filed under Section 127 of the UK’s Communications Act of 2003, which makes sending a “grossly offensive” message over a public electronic communications network a crime.
According to Meechan, he is worried that the judge will try to make an example of him on Monday because of the way he has represented in the press.
“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.’”
Meechan’s trial has been rescheduled for July 29. In a video uploaded to his YouTube channel on Monday, he said “because of the nature of the trial” he cannot reveal the reason for the postponement.
According to Meechan, this is the second time a rescheduling has occurred and he expects a third in July.
“I thought that, once again, I was finally going to get a solution,” he said. “Solution denied.”