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Bob Dylan came out of Hibbing, Minnesota in 1961, a mere boy, running from his Midwestern upbringing and ancestral religion, and advertising himself as an agnostic and incorrigible. “I ran away from it when I was 10, 12, 13, 15, 151/2, 17 an’ 18. I been caught an’ brought back all but once,” he once said.
It was all a lie, but there you go.
In 1963, Dylan declared that he would not be anyone’s “left wing poster boy”, then he promptly became the left wing poster boy. In the 1970s, he declared himself a born again Christian, and not too long later converted back to Judaism.
So Dylan has been a lot of things to a lot of people.
But the highest-profile French criminal since Papillion?
And a hate-speech criminal at that.
Paris (AFP) – Bob Dylan was urged Tuesday to apologise for comparing Croats to Nazis in comments which have led to him being charged in France for inciting hatred.
The legendary American singer was charged with the offence during a visit to Paris last month after comments made to Rolling Stone magazine last year sparked a complaint from the Council of Croats in France (CRICCF).
“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,” Dylan was quoted as saying in an answer to a question about race relations in the United States.
Dylan, 72, was informed of the charges while he was in Paris for three concerts — a visit during which the French government also awarded him its prestigious Legion d’Honneur. [If you must]
Is that quintessentially French or what? Here’s your medal, kiss-kiss. Now, slap-slap, off to jail you swine!
Bob’s sentiments on racism may be debatable but we’re going to give this one to the lefty crooner. Whether or not one can “sense” Croat, Klan or Nazi “blood”, France has no moral authority for charging anyone who expresses an opinion.
France is being overrun by extremist Jew-hating Muslims who run roughshod over the government, and its recent anti-Semitic past alone should be enough to condemn the country forever, as one of the most cowardly traitors to Western democracy in history.
And they have the audacity to call Dylan offensive?
Come ‘n get me, le coppers.
Vive le Bob!
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