Scottish YouTuber Convicted Of Hate Crime For Video Of Nazi-Saluting Pug

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RICKY Gervais has been slammed for defending a lout convicted of filming a dog doing Nazi salutes to sick phrases including "gas the Jews".

Mark Meechan, 30, was arrested in April 2016 for producing a viral clip showing his girlfriend's pet pug sitting in front of a video of Adolf Hitler and appearing to salute the Nazi dictator.

In the video, which went on to be viewed more than 3 million times, Meechan explains he wanted to turn his girlfriend's pug, Buddha, into the "least cute thing I could think of" and so wanted to turn it into a Nazi.

As reported by the Mirror, Meechan says the video was shared on Reddit, which led to its surge in popularity, saying it was "extraordinary bad luck" that it became so popular.

Sheriff O'Carroll accepted earlier evidence from Ephraim Borowski - director of Scottish Council of Jewish Communities - who stated the 2½-minute video was "grossly offensive", particularly the repeated use of "gas the Jews".

"In my view it is a reasonable conclusion that the video is grossly offensive", he said.

The description of the video as humourous is no magic wand.

"This court has taken the freedom of expression into consideration.But the right to freedom of expression also comes with responsibility".

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"The accused is quite obviously an intelligent and articulate man".

Ross Brown, defending Meechan, claimed his client's objective was to annoy his girlfriend, who testified that it was an example of his sense of humour. "Despite that the accused made a video containing anti-Semitic content and he would have known it was grossly offensive to many Jewish people".

Meechan, of Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, claimed the video was made to annoy his girlfriend and denied any wrongdoing.

The Office creator 56, tweeted: "A man has been convicted in a United Kingdom court of making a joke that was deemed "grossly offensive".

Suzanne Kelly, the girlfriend, defended Meechan past year in court, saying he is not anti-Semitic and has "always been very supportive towards minority groups", according to the paper. "They were just words to make him lift his paw and I know those words were used in the context of the video".

"I think it is a very, very dark day in terms of freedom of speech and freedom of expression".

"Others may be able to see the comedic or satirical element to it".

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