news 29 Sep 12

Bob Dylan Angers Croats With Nazi Reference

Music legend annoys Croats fans in an interview by comparing Serbs and Croats to blacks and whites - and to Jews and Nazis.

Bojana Barlovac
BIRN
Belgrade

The legendary US singer and songwriter has ruffled feathers in Croatia by comparing Croats to American Whites and German Nazis in the course of a discourse on American politics.

Commenting on still tense relations between African Americans and Whites, Dylan said: "If you’ve got a slave master or the [Klu Klux] Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that ... Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood".

Dylan made the remarks in an interview with the music magazine Rolling Stone.

Speaking on the occasion of the release of his 35th album "Tempest", ahead of the November presidential elections, Dylan went on to describe America as a country formed on the backs of slaves.

"If slavery had been given up in a more peaceful way, America would be far ahead today,” he concluded.

The comment about Croats has caused numerous comments on websites that published the interview, prompting some to accuse the musician of not knowing much about history and politics in the Balkans.

Dylan held two concerts in Belgrade, one in 1991 and the other one in 2010. Two years ago, Dylan also had a concert in Zagreb.

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