Prosecutors Accuse YouTube Comedian ‘Count Dankula’ of Colluding With Pug to Gas Football Stadiums

Markus Meechan, the popular YouTube comedian better known as Count Dankula, faces hate crime charges for publishing a video in which he taught his girlfriend’s pug to do the Nazi salute.

Meechan’s trial was delayed for the umpteenth time on Friday, to March 20.

The 30-year-old YouTube entertainer was charged with committing a hate crime after he recorded his girlfriend’s pug, Buddha, responding to statements like “gas the Jews” and “sieg heil” by raising its paw.

Meechan, has made it repeatedly clear in his YouTube videos and in personal conversations with me that he does not have Nazi sympathies, and denies being a racist. He told me that the phrases he used in the joke video were simply the “most horrible phrases [he] could think of.”

Meechan made the same argument in court.

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