A Scottish man who was arrested after it emerged he taught his girlfriend’s dog to perform the Nazi salute has insisted his actions were not intended as a hate crime.
The 29-year-old Scot was arrested back in May after a video emerged of his partner’s pet Pug, Buddha, responding with a version of the salute when prompted by statements like “gas the Jews” and Heil Hitler.”
Meechan, from North Lanarkshire, had uploaded footage of the dog doing his new trick to YouTube, with the resulting clip attracting over 2.8 million views.
Arrested and charged with committing a hate crime as well as posting grossly offensive content, Meechan told court officials that he actually trained the dog to react as a means of annoying 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.
Meechan has already recorded a video apologising for the clip and any offense it may have caused.
“I am so sorry to the Jewish community for any offense I have caused them. This was never my intention and I apologize,” he said in the clip.
Despite this, he is now in the dock and potentially facing serious criminal charges.
While he is unlikely to receive a custodial sentence, community service or a fine look likely, in the event he is found guilty.
He really only has himself to blame, too as it’s unlikely that his insensitive and offensive antics would have come to light were it not for the fact he opted to upload the clip to YouTube where it, bizarrely, went viral and caught the attention of the world.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.