Gotta Serve Somebody: Bob Dylan Sued in France for ‘Incitement to Hatred’

This is what happens when you go on a never-ending tour.

Members of the Council of Croats in France are suing “Jokerman” author Bob Dylan for a comment about Croatians he made in a 2012 Rolling Stone interview.

“[The United States] is just too f*cked up about [skin] colour,” Dylan told the music magazine last year. “Blacks know that some whites didn’t want to give up slavery—that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke…If you got a slave master or [Klu Klux] 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.”

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A spokesman for the group called the analogical pairing of Croats to Nazis an “incitement to hatred. You cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats.”

France has stringent hate-speech laws, and a Parisian court has taken up the case, asking Dylan and RS’s French publisher to appear. While the group said it is seeking only an apology, Dylan could be fined if the case goes against him. Rumors that to live outside the law you must be honest were unconfirmed at press time.

[h/t Guardian]

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