The UK struggles with free speech rights. Struggles, meaning people in the UK don’t seem to have a right to it. Or maybe they’re just too embarrassed because of the bad teeth. Cheap joke, but whatever. Just recently, a girl was fined for posting rap lyrics some random person found offensive.
The worst example involves a YouTuber named Count Dankula. He was arrested for a video where he taught his dog to do the Nazi salute. In an effort to tick off his girlfriend. And Nazis. Though instead of jail time, he’s only being fined.
A YouTuber who trained his girlfriend’s dog to perform Nazi salutes has been fined £800 for being grossly offensive.
Mark Meechan, who blogs under the name Count Dankula, was previously found guilty under the Communications Act over the video.
Viewed more than three million times on YouTube, it showed his girlfriend’s pug raising its paw apparently in response to statements including “sieg heil” and calls to murder Jewish people.
No one is going to confuse Dankula for the second coming of Rodney Dangerfield. At least they shouldn’t. Rodney got no respect. Dankula, in my opinion, deserves none. But randos screaming at the camera getting more clicks than clips from the “Johnny Carson Tonight Show” is a rant for a different time.
Here’s the big difference between me and the UK though. The Count isn’t my flavor of comedy, so I don’t watch the Count. A collection of English gits don’t like the Count, and they think he should be arrested for hate crimes.
This part is particularly alarming:
Sheriff O’Carroll said the right to freedom of expression was very important but “in all modern democratic countries the law necessarily places some limits on that right”.
In Europe, maybe. This is why we broke up with England back in the 1700’s or so. Caused quite a ruckus at the time. So peeved were the limeys they burned our White House in the War of 1812. We beat them again and they’ve been sore losers ever since. No regrets.
You do not have freedom of speech if that freedom comes with exceptions. Meaning it’s not freedom. Which is rather the problem in the Olde Country. “You can say whatever you want! Unless it hurts someone’s feelings, then no you can’t, lol.” Get more details, read OPINION: America is a Thing Because the United Kingdom Blows.
The scary thing is “putting limits on freedom of expression” sounds like the cat’s pajamas to leftists in this country. If we don’t fight these Nazis at every opportunity, this country may find itself either repealing the First Amendment or adding so many addendums to it, it may as well not exist.