Bob Dylan Being Probed for Racism by French Government

Singer in trouble after comments made in Rolling Stone.

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Bob Dylan is being probed by French authorities in relation to alleged racist comments Classic Rock is reporting that CRICCF, the organization which looks after the interests of Croatians living in France raised a complaint regarding Dylan's comments in the September 2012 issue of the French edition of Rolling Stone: "If you got a slave master of [Ku 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." The organization, who have named Dylan in their legal action against Rolling Stone, claim that the comments amount to incitement of racial hatred and break national laws. A spokesperson for CRICCF said: "We have nothing against Rolling Stone or Bob Dylan - but you cannot equate Croatian [war] criminals with all Croats." While the intention of the lawsuit was to get an apology from Dylan and the publication, it has led French authorities to place the singer-songwriter under judicial investigation.

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    Two reasons this is stupid. 1. They are taking him way too literally. He was obviously not saying all Croats are war criminals. 2. This was an offhand remark not a speech encouraging the genocide of Croats. Even assuming that this was racist, it wouldn't be hate speech and he shouldn't be subject to legal prosecution.
    That just seems like a way of saying that the children of Nazis for example, are the same as their parents(which is a very foolish statement) however it does not seem racist to me. You can correct me if i misunderstood anything.
    Nero Galon
    This. This is silly. His statement was a little odd, not sure if I agree at all... But I don't see any racism... Must be a wrong translation.
    I think he's saying that if you're hateful, people can sense it. I agree it's not racist, just weirdly phrased.
    To me it seems that his point here is that there will always be tension between folks due to things that happened in the past, and people will always look at each other in a certain racially/culturally tinted way, with prejudice in the way of normal and useful communication. Besides that, he named a couple of examples to add to his point, which had nothing to do with racism from his side at all.
    Sad to live in an age where anyone and everyone gets "offended". God, I hate that word. I'm "offended" by the fact that Dylan can get sued by those French-Croatian dicks because they didn't like what he said...
    Settle down buddy. You getting offended that other people get offended when they feel insulted is just way too weird for this time of day.
    sorry but ur are being racist now by calling tthe french and croation dicks ok dylan was misunderstood but ur the racist one for calling french and cration dicks im sure there are dicks wherever ur from not all french and croations are dicks think before you speak
    LOL I'm half soviet, I can sense american blood in people. (The World according to Bob Dylan)
    Mud Martian
    Bob Dylan's statement is absolutely baseless and imaginary. More ignorant than it is racist. There remains bad blood between certain peoples due to history, sure. We're centuries away from eliminating race as a factor, period. But Bob Dylan must be the only one with the mystical power of "sensing" a Nazi or a Croatian.
    My maternal grandfather was a klan member who died long before I was born... I have not once been accused of being racist, or given anyone bad vibes because of this.
    Though he didn't word this very well, this isn't racist. On this day racial tension should be at an all time low. RIP Nelson Mandela, may your work and legacy continue to make the world a better place.
    Dear Croatians living in France, Just as a reminder....Bob Dylan is a 72 year old folk rocker.. Sincerely, Common Sense.
    So Much for Freedom of speech! What happened to the Consitution??? And why is everyone Racially Obsessed? These days... I tell ya. Rock On Bob, You have the right to say what you want.