I’ve known for a long time now that Europe is, in many ways, a “s**thole”. Part of the reason is due to the huge increases in the amount of “Syrian refugees” that are literally invading Europe. But another part is the fact that you don’t really enjoy the same sort of freedom and liberty that you enjoy in the States.
This has been true since the very founding of our nation, but it’s especially important to mention in this case. What am I talking about? Well, if you’ve been following some news sources, you’ll know that a man in the U.K. faces prison time due to a video he posted that was deemed “Grossly Offensive”. And yes, that’s the actual charge, which is why I’ve capitalized it.
According to the Daily Wire: “A Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday found Scottish YouTube personality Count Dankula – real name Mark Meechan – guilty of being “grossly offensive,” which was explicitly banned in Section 127 of the 2003 Communications Act.”
“Meechan was arrested in April 2016 for allegedly committing a hate crime by sharing a short video on YouTube. The video showed him teaching his girlfriend’s dog to give a Nazi ‘Sieg Heil salute,’ and showed the pug named Buddha responding excitedly to the phrase ‘gas the Jews.’”
According to Meechan, he said he had taught the dog to do the Nazi salute as “a joke intended to upset his girlfriend,” and the video was just meant to be seen by a few of his friends, but the video was ultimately shared on Reddit and its popularity exploded.
Now, this is a very stupid and offensive joke for sure, but it’s not something to imprison someone over. This isn’t an act that harmed someone else, physically or otherwise; not something that would harm him physically or otherwise (except get his girlfriend mad at him, which was the intention of the joke anyway); and this doesn’t harm the system of government or violate anyone else’s rights.
All this is is a dumb and offensive joke that harms literally no one. I can see why this would offend people, particularly Jewish people. But that’s the worst thing that the video does. He doesn’t show himself actually gassing a Jewish person or causing someone else harm. Frankly, the T.V. show “South Park” regularly does more to offend the Jewish community (although they offend just about everyone, including the Left) than this guy did.
And this is not the only time someone was arrested and sent to jail for being “offensive” in the U.K. Back in 2016, a man was imprisoned after leaving bacon sandwiches outside a mosque and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, where he was eventually stabbed to death, according to the Daily Wire.
That guy was just playing a joke at Muslims’ expense and paid dearly for it. He was sent to jail and murdered there, when he shouldn’t have been. An offensive joke as well, but not something to arrest someone for, and in this particular case, it cost someone their life.
And considering the huge rises in rape, stabbings and general actual crimes that have been happening in the U.K., you’d think they’d give a bit more of a darn about that than the “mean things” people say on the internet or the offensive jokes they play at a group of people’s expense.
Returning to Meechan’s case, his girlfriend gives us more context on the very dog in the video: “He will lift his paw to virtually anything if he gets a treat for it. We have taught him to lift his paw to food, like ham or cheese.” So the dog will lift his paw, or “give the Nazi salute”, if you will, to anything as long as it gets him a treat. Meechan’s girlfriend also gives us more context on Meechan himself, saying he never had “expressed anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic” views and has “always been very supportive towards minority groups.”
So someone who doesn’t actually have Nazi beliefs was arrested for joking about it. That’d be another way to put this whole thing.
Meechan himself even said: “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.”
This has gotten so much attention that even comedian Ricky Gervais came to Meechan’s defense: “A man has been convicted in a UK court of making a joke that was deemed ‘grossly offensive’. If you don’t believe in a person’s right to say things that you might find ‘grossly offensive’, then you don’t believe in Freedom of Speech.”
And he makes a good point. I’m not a comedian, but I find that comedy tends to be unfunny and bland when it’s entrenched in political correctness. Political correctness utterly destroys people’s ability to be funny. Some of the funniest comedy is when someone, either an individual or a group of people, are being made fun of. And even the Left should know, given how often times they make jokes that are strictly aimed at conservatives’ expense.
Now, as a conservative, I couldn’t care less about those jokes. I don’t get easily offended. Insult me, that’s fine. Insult Trump, that’s fine. I’ll challenge your very reasoning, but I won’t get offended. Insult my conservative beliefs and I’ll merely roll my eyes at your ignorance.
The only thing that I would legitimately get offended by is any insult to my Christianity, much as when Joy Behar attacked Mike Pence’s Christian belief, effectively offending the roughly 2 billion Christians on Earth. Granted, I mostly rolled my eyes to her comments as well, but I did still find them offensive. I also sort of found it offensive that it took her about a month to apologize for it.
But overall, I don’t really find many things that offend me. And in the case of Meechan, no one should honestly find it too offensive either. It was just a stupid joke meant to annoy his girlfriend.
And with the U.K.’s response to the video, they’ve acted far more like Nazis themselves than Meechan has. That’s what true Fascism looks like, liberals. Arresting and convicting someone for doing something stupid but harmless. Imprisoning someone just for making a joke. In effect, convicting someone who simply MIGHT have a different opinion (although in this case, Meechan isn’t actually a Nazi). They may not necessarily be quite at that level, but this is a step too close to that.
I thought Winston Churchill helped defeat the Nazis. Looks like some of them infiltrated the U.K. government (and, frankly, the U.S. as well).
“Woe to those who enact evil statutes and to those who constantly record unjust decisions.”
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