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U.K. Sentences YouTuber Count Dankula to Jail for “Hate Crime”

A Scottish court has found YouTube Comedian Count Dankula guilty of a hate crime for a video in which he made his girlfriend’s pug do a Nazi Salute and respond to commands like “gas the Jews.” He faces up to six months in prison.

The judge Sheriff Derek O’Carroll ruled Count Dankula, a self-identified “professional shitposter,” guilty of being “grossly offensive,” which is a violation of the U.K Communication Act of 2003.

O’Carroll said that “the right to freedom of expression also comes with responsibility.” At the trial, Count Dankula argued that we should still be allowed to joke about offensive topics.

“I don’t actually hate Jewish people and the video was just an insight into the darker side of my humour, a prank to annoy my girlfriend and that I did not intend for people, other than people who knew my comedy, to see the video,” Count Dankula said.

Count Dankula was arrested in 2016 for posting this video, and he has been on trial since then.

The video, which YouTube has put in restricted mode, shows Count Dankula teaching the pug to be “the least cute thing” he could think of to play a prank on his girlfriend.

He was tired of her “ranting and raving” about how cute the pug was, so he made the dog raise its paw when he said “Siege Hiel” and perk its head up when he said “gas the Jews.”

At the end of the video, Count Dankula says he’s “not racist” and that he “just wanted to really, really piss (his girlfriend) off.”

British comedian Ricky Gervais is one of the few celebrities that has spoken out in support of Count Dankula.

Political YouTuber Carl Banjamin, who goes by the nom de guerre “Sargon of Akkad”, is hosting a protest against the ruling of the Count Dankula trial outside of Parliament on April 23.

“It is a gross violation of the principle of free speech and liberty in this country and sets a dangerous precedent for the future. It is dangerous not least because what counts as ‘grossly offensive’ is vague and necessarily ill defined,” Benjamin said.

Some people on Twitter questioned the priorities of the U.K. government and courts. One Twitter user said: “Innocent man is arrested for making a harmless joke in a Youtube video. Meanwhile, the same country has allowed thousands of little girls to be raped by rape gangs for the past 40 years. Priorities, right UK? #FreeDankula.”

Jack T.

19 Comments

  1. Slightly mislewding headline. “Jailed”? The article says he’s not actually been sentenced.

  2. Y’ know what baffles peopel in the UK? American gun laws. Mass shootings keep happening and you clowns think you fix the problem by throwing more guns at it like a fat man on an allcake diet trying to lose weight 😛

    • What baffles me is how people think taking rights away from law abiding citizens because of the actions of a tiny minority is a good idea. Point to a single time in human history that has ended well. How many innocent men women & children have been killed by our military personnel in the middle East? Guess we had better disarm the military then, our country would be defenceless but oh well. A disarmed population are nothing but defenceless sheep. Also find it amusing that people cry over people being shot & want to take guns away from everyone, meanwhile heart disease and abortion kills vastly more people per year, why not take womens right to choose away? Why not ban fast food? 600,000 dead per year from being fat blobs in the US alone, hundreds of thousands more from abortions. Evil people do evil things, disarming law abiding citizens & stripping their rights away claiming it’s for “safety” is idiotic & authoritarian, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” People in the UK only have freedom of speech untill they offend someone, under UK law even the context of the speech is irrelevant, all that matters is the perception of said speech??? In other words (you don’t actually have freedom of speech!). Even UK self defence laws are insane, you can’t even own a pencil for self defence FFS, if you own literally anything for self defence, gun, knife, bat, pencil, it is classed as an offensive weapon, because you “intend to cause harm” with it. Bah ha ha what a total joke. Even purely defensive items like pepper spray are illegal & will land you in jail, talk about authoritarian. Yet you’re government & elites are surrounded by armed guards 24/7 courtesy of the taxpayer. Hmmm Lastly….1776 guns served the people rather well then huh.

    • Y’ know what baffles the people in the USA? British police and government. London’s murder rate has overtaken New York City. And you guys think mailbox for knives will solve your problem. What is a criminal gonna do, give up his weapon? If anything it is the perfect location in order to destroy evidence, with all the knifes being mixed together. A Muslim sex ring was discovered in Telford and turns out more people were involved but this was covered up by the police to push a narrative that Muslims are peaceful even though they thought your girls were western sluts. There are more “hot break-ins” in England compared to America. Your governor said that terrorist attacks are part in parcel of living in a major city after people were splattered by a truck. A fucking labor representative said that the previously mentioned Telford victims whom, by the way, were gang-raped by around 20 men. And a comedian is going to jail for a fucking joke, which in order to get the joke, you have to understand that Nazis are bad. Oh yeah, and Glasgow is on the verge of a gang war because the head honcho of the drug industry was shot dead in the street for failing to pay mob debt. So good thing the criminals don’t have guns. Oh wait, they fucking do.

    • Tom what does that have to do with anything.The UK have gone off the fucking deep end, not only these hits to freedom of speech, but the woman who criticized islam then got death threats and police told her SHE CALLED IT ON HERSELF! Fuck the murdering, pedophile, “prophet” and his violent disgusting religion. Regardless stop bitching about guns nobody cares

      • However count Dankula and his sentencing was a huge blow to free speech in the UK nothing to do with Guns tom.

    • Fuck off and enjoy your own countys lack of freedom instead of coming after what’s left of ours. When fully autos were unregulated we had zero mass shootings. 98% (literal statistic) of our mass shootings occured in gun free zones where good guys and bad guys can’t legally have guns. So let’s just throw more laws at it you fucking cake stopper. Your a fucking sheep. Bahhhhhhhh

    • You realize you just lost the entire argument if you have nothing better to say than ” Americans have actual rights ” also Americans do have actual rights like not having to get a tv license

    • You’re literally commenting on a article about a guy potentially going to prison in the UK for a JOKE.

      So yes, Americans have actually rights, cause no rights have protected Dankula

  3. Why did they not link to the Tweet they quoted? And why do they keep changing this article? Originally there was commentary now there isn’t. If you claim to be a news site don’t post editorial content as news. If I wanted that I’d watch CNN

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