news 22 Nov 12

Croats in France to File Suit Against Bob Dylan

Croat association in France has announced it will file a lawsuit against Bob Dylan for making offensive comments about Croats in Rolling Stone magazine.

Vecernji List, BIRN

The Council of Croats in France, CRICCF, has decided to file a lawsuit against the US singer and songwriter for making what they call "deeply offensive" comments against Croats.

"CRICCF decided on its extraordinary session held this week to file criminal charges against Robert Allen Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan and the French publisher of Rolling Stone magazine for inciting racism and hatred against Croats and the Croatian people," Vlatko Maric, Secretary General of the Council, told the Croatian daily Vecernji List.

In September, Dylan ruffled feathers in Croatia by comparing Croats to American Whites and German Nazis in the course of a discourse on US politics in Rolling Stone magazine.

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".

Maric added that Dylan was "without any doubt inciting hatred against Croatians".

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.

Some radio stations in Croatia, including Radio Split, banned his songs from its play list.

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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