Apparently it’s a hate crime in Scotland to turn your dog into a Nazi, even if it’s just a joke to annoy your girlfriend. From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:
A Scottish man arrested for teaching his girlfriends dog to do the Nazi salute denied in court that he committed a hate crime. Mark Meechan, 29, taught the pug, named Buddha, to respond with the Nazi salute when prompted by statements such as Heil Hitler and gas the Jews. Meechan posted videos of the dog performing the trick on YouTube. He appeared in court last week after being arrested in May and charged with committing a hate crime and posting a video that was grossly offensive. The original video, posted last September on his YouTube channel, Count Dankula, has been viewed more than 2.8 million times. Meechan said on the video that he trained the dog to annoy his girlfriend.
My girlfriend is always ranting and raving about how cute and adorable her wee dog is, so I thought I would turn him into the least cute thing I could think of, which is a Nazi, he said.
Is it wrong to laugh at this? Because we’re laughing at this:"It was done as a dank meme to annoy my girlfriend" is hands-down the best excuse I've ever heard. https://t.co/RKjezeWAnh
— Brooke Rogers (@bkerogers) July 31, 2017
This is morally abominable and hilarious and in extremely poor taste and awesome and totally a hate crime.
— Jarvis The Evil (@JarvisTheEvil) July 31, 2017
"What's so funny?" "This video of a Nazi pug. Hey where are you going?"
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) July 31, 2017