In April 2016 Meechan posted a video of his girlfriend's pet pug Buddha titled "M8 Yer Dugs A Nazi". He says at the start of the video "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. " In the video, the dog is seen performing a Nazi salute (when prompted by the command "Sieg Heil"), watching a speech by Adolf Hitler, and reacting to the phrase "Gas the Jews" with enthusiasm. Meechan claimed that the video was a joke and originally only intended to be seen by friends, but the clip went viral and garnered over 3 million views on YouTube. Meechan was subsequently arrested on suspicion that the video could be used to inspire violence against a religious group. On 19 March 2018 Meechan was convicted of committing a hate crime and with being "grossly offensive" by Sherriff Derek O'Carroll at Airdrie Sheriff Court. Meechan's conviction subsequently generated controversy concerning the issue of free speech, and multiple media outlets reported that British comedian Ricky Gervais, David Baddiel and the character Jonathan Pie (played by Tom Walker) had made comments supporting Meechan.