I’m referring, of course, to the case of the blogger Markus Meechan – Count Dankula – who has now been convicted by the Scottish courts of the “odious criminal act” of teaching his pug dog to do a Hitler salute.
And, in doing so, they serve both an entertaining low purpose and an edifying higher one.
Oh – and as I’ll explain in this week’s podcast with Brendan O’Neill, and also in the videoed discussion we recorded at Radley College – free speech is free speech.
Two comics – Ricky Gervais and David Baddiel – have spoken out:
https://t.co/FBSl84c8kK — David Baddiel (@Baddiel) March 20, 2018
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.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 20, 2018