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Bob Dylan Charged With “Inciting Hate” Against Croatians

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Not exactly the first person that comes to mind for “inciting hate”…

Bob Dylan has been charged with “public insult and inciting hate” in France.

In a September 2012 Rolling Stone interview Dylan said:

“If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.”

And the history is bloody.  As a puppet Nazi government in During World War II, the Croatian government operated concentration camps in which Jews, Serbs, and other minorities were murdered.  In the 1990s, both sides were involved in the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia.

Present-day Croatians aren’t happy that Dylan compared them to Nazis and Klan members.  The Representative Council of the Croatian Community and Institutions, an organization that represents Croatians in France, filed the charges. The group’s secretary general, Vlatko Maric, told CNN: “The Croatians are peaceful people who respect Bob Dylan as an artist, but we must remind him that he can’t make such remark“.

They say they will drop charges if Dylan publicly apologizes.

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Comments (12)
  1. Anonymous

    These ‘charges’ come a little late, don’t they… :)

    But the interesting part is that Mr. Dylan actually sounds like he may be paranoid in the clinical sense of the word. A bit like Bobby Fisher. Could pave the way for new interpretations of his work.


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  2. PiratesWinLOL

    Instead of making the truth their enemy and acting like insulted children, the Croatians should rather examine their history and repent the terrible sins, they have commited in the past against the Serbs. Trying to deny what happend at places such as the death camp of Jasenovac, make them seems like babaric Turks denying the fact of the Armenian genocide. They really shouldn’t degrade themselves in such a manner, but instead behave like proper Europeans and Christians and work towards genuine peace and reconciliation with their Serb neighbors. Sunlight is always the best disinfectant.


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    1. Anonymous

      “behave like proper Europeans and Christians”

      So you’re not only a criminal, but also a nutcase. Now it all makes sense…


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      1. PiratesWinLOL

        I would have loved to reply, but unfortunately I am too busy listening to GrooveShark and the free version of Spotify.


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    2. GGG

      Yea, those Christians, always been so peaceful throughout history…


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      1. PiratesWinLOL

        I said proper Christians, and by that I mean Christians who follow the fundamentals of the Christian religion, which is the word and example of Jesus. Christianity is essentially as peaceful as for example Jainism.


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        1. Anonymous

          “which is the word and example of Jesus. Christianity is essentially as peaceful as”

          Please take your jesus spam somewhere else.


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          1. PiratesWinLOL

            No chance bro: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus and more Jesus. You can’t stop me. Jesus! Anyway, it amuses me quite a bit to get accused of Jesus spamming as a deist. I am really just pointing out what should be a few obvious facts.


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      2. Anonymous

        “Yea, those Christians, always been so peaceful throughout history…”

        Amen, brother! :)


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  3. Tom Riviere

    It is hard to forgive the atrocities of war.Of course, not everyone was involved.Sometimes it’s a question of traitors within a group.The whole human race is dysfunctional and in one way or another that’s a fact.Let’s not point fingers anymore.Change yourselves?


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  4. Paul Resnikoff

    I’m not sure about the ‘sniff test’ that Dylan explains, but I think traditionally discriminated minorities always face a difficult problem: is the person I’m talking to racist? Does he/she have some problem with me because of (a) my religion (b) my skin color (c) some other aspect of my identity that I can’t control?

    Both the United States and large portions of Europe have a horrific track record of abuse, just over the past century (for starters). Unfortunately it didn’t just wash away: there’s still considerable racism in both continents, though thankfully, far less severe (and open) than previous generations. I’ll take progress, in any form I suppose.


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    1. PiratesWinLOL

      “Does he/she have some problem with me because of (a) my religion (b) my skin color (c) some other aspect of my identity that I can’t control?”

      Are you saying that you can’t make decisions about your religious ideas? That sounds wierd unless you live in Saudi Arabia or Jonestown.

      “Both the United States and large portions of Europe have a horrific track record of abuse, just over the past century (for starters). Unfortunately it didn’t just wash away: there’s still considerable racism in both continents, though thankfully, far less severe (and open) than previous generations. I’ll take progress, in any form I suppose.”

      Well, at least it is much better than the majority of the rest of the world, these days.


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