UK hate speech laws have put a stake through the heart of comedy

‘You started it’ … John Cleese in the Fawlty Towers episode, The Germans. Photograph: BBC

Now that Youtube comedian Count Dankula has been (unbelievably) sentenced to prison for creating a prank video to annoy his girlfriend ( he taught her pug dog to salute like a Nazi and filmed it) it is clear that it is no longer safe in the UK to be a comedian or indeed to share a joke on social media.

Hate speech laws have released the thought police and all it takes to send Granny to prison now is for her neighbour to claim that he was offended by her joke or turn of phrase.

People who think that sending a comedian to jail, for a joke, is no big deal cannot possibly understand the full implications of such a law.

Here are some comedians who would be put in prison in the UK for making these jokes about Nazis under their present totalitarian Hate speech laws. Being a comedian in the UK has overnight become one of the riskiest career choices ever! Let’s face it if teaching a pug dog to do a Nazi salute when you say something offensive to it for a prank is a jailable offence then no one is safe.


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