COUNT Dankula, the internet shitposter who was convicted by a British court over a joke video has spoken out against the Governments clampdown on free speech.
The internet comedian created a joke video to annoy his girlfriend in which he trained his pug called Buddha to raise its paw when he said the words “Sieg Heil”.
In an interview with Tommy Robinson, Count Dankula, real name Mark Meechan said that he felt “drained” after the court case.
“I just feel, just drained, mentally man, even just today I’ve had absolutely no energy, I’ve just been in this ball of absolute sheer stress with my heart pounding the entire day.”
The judge said he was guilty of being “grossly offensive” over a video in which he trained his pet dog to do a Nazi salute to annoy his girlfriend, he could now face up to SIX months in prison.
“I’m starting to calm down now but I’m just scarred man.”
Robinson asked if he ever thought the video would lead to this, Meechan said:
I know why I made the joke, everybody knows why I made the joke and what my intent was
It’s really scary for comedians out there and they need to aware, if they make a joke , their context and intent apparently don’t matter
Its a case of you don’t get to decide what you mean, we get to decide what you mean”
When asked if he thought a jury would have convicted him, Dankula said: “No, not at all.”
Dankula revealed that he’s prepared to go to prison to show how ridiculous ‘Hate Speech” laws are.
“If it takes me going to jail, to show everyone how ridiculous and over-reaching hate speech laws are, were a YouTube comedian an internet shitposter like myself can go to prison for an entire year, if that’s what it would take for everyone in the country to realise ‘Holy shit’ these laws need changing, there over-reaching, authoritarian and clearly being used to control public discourse.”
He also claimed that YouTube defended his video.”They said it is a tasteless joke and the video is clearly comedic in nature”
Meechan attacked MPs and The Government for the clampdown on free speech.
“I’ve seen MPs pressuring people from YouTube to take this down” and added that YouTube still believed in free speech: “Government policy is clamping down on them”
After the case, Dankula told reporters: “There has been a huge miscarriage of justice.
I think it is a very, very dark day in terms of freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”
Ricky Gervais has also defended Dankula and wrote on Twitter: “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.”
Meecham is due to be sentenced on April 23.