The Nazi Pug: Joke or Hate?
Documentary following Markus Meechan as he explores London’s comedy scene to see what stand-ups can get away with and why there’s a backlash against ‘edgy’ humour.
Markus Meechan is a criminal. Guilty of posting a YouTube video judged “grossly offensive” and containing menacing, anti-Semitic and racist material. He claims the video was a joke. Others claim, Markus is a Nazi. But what does the prosecution of a YouTube comedian mean for freedom of expression – is a censorious state overstepping the mark? Or are there some things you just shouldn’t joke about?
BAFTA-nominated filmmaker Dan Murdoch (Britain’s Forgotten Men; KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy) returns with this documentary following Markus as he explores London’s comedy scene, to see what stand-ups can get away with, and why there’s a backlash against ‘edgy’ humour. But along the way Markus’ own motivations and associations are called into question: is his campaign for freedom of speech really genuine?