Two days ago, we published an article detailing how the United Kingdom Government has spent millions of dollars to prosecute a YouTuber for a harmless Nazi joke he made with his girlfriend’s pet pug. Count Dankula’s innocent video made worldwide news as both pro and anti free speech advocates battled it out on the Internet. The Count was eventually found guilty of creating a “grossly offensive” video and fined £800.
Now, free speech advocates online have launched a GoFundMe campaign to support his efforts to appeal the court ruling. As the Count himself explains on the GoFundMe page, the appeal has little to do with the £800 he was fined, but rather the terrible precedence it sets. The count is making it his mission to ensure that no one else has to go through what he has gone through:
On the 23rd of April 2018 I was sentenced to an £800 fine after being found guilty of being “grossly offensive” under section 127 of the Offensive Communications Act 2003. Due to me creating a clearly comedic video where I trained my girlfriends pug to be a Nazi.
The only way for the court to secure a conviction was to willingly ignore the clear context of the video, which was explained twice, in the video itself.
This conviction will be used as an example to convict other people over the things they say and the jokes they make, it sets a standard where courts will be able to willfully ignore the context and intent of a persons words and actions in order to punish them and brand them as criminals.
This is the amount that has been quoted by my lawyer, the reason it has been quoted so high is my lawyer wishes to bring in top legal representatives to ensure that we have the highest chance of reversing the standard that this case sets, I cannot allow the 2 years of litigation I went through and having my life put on hold, to happen to anyone else.
The crowdfund campaign was launched 5 days ago, and has already raised over £150,000 (Or if you’re a burger, $200,000), which is well over the £100,000 target… with more donations coming in every minute. Goes to show just how many people are fed up with political correctness.
The Go-Fund-Me page can be seen HERE.