Count Dankula Faces Prison for Nazi Dog Video
What was an internet joke video could result in jail time for YouTuber, Count Dankula. Count Dankula taught his girlfriend’s dog to do a Nazi Salute as an inside joke, but he is now not only banned from YouTube, but he has been formally convicted in a court of law of being “Grossly Offensive” and could be facing jail time. Anybody with half of a brain would know that Count Dankula’s pug, Buddha (aka “Hitler Dog”) is not preaching for Aryan supremacy or a figurehead of the Fourth Reich, but unfortunately we’re talking about highly sensitive Government Officials and the YouTube Thought Police. And in consequence, Count Dankula was found guilty of improper use of electronic communications under the Communications Act of 2003.
British citizens, Nat and Wade, explain to LaughingMan (a Yank) that there is actually no freedom of speech protection in England, and give the examples like Speakers’ Corner. Additionally they recount recent instances of UK police threatening private individuals over their potentially offensive Tweets and Internet posts. But nevermind the skyrocketing crime, the best and brightest of the UK’s police force are dedicating their time and efforts making sure that no one says anything offensive… on the Internet. It’s not only an effort in futility, but deeply troubling considering that being offensive has often been a staple of British comedy.
What happened to Count Dankula is serving as a clear example of the persecution of hate speech laws. If any good comes out of the situation, then hopefully it prompts celebrities, comedians, and creators to rally and demand more comprehensive freedom of speech laws.
“I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall, ‘The Friends of Voltaire’, often misattributed to Voltaire, especially by us. Still a great quote though…
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