|Bob Dylan in dock for hateful Croat remarks
Bob Dylan has been charged with incitement to hatred in France after he was quoted comparing Croats with Nazis in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, a judicial source said.
The world-famous American singer was questioned and charged last month while on a visit to Paris during which he gave several concerts and was awarded the Legion d'Honneur, one of France's top honors, the source said.
The charge against him centres on a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone magazine during which he compared the relationship between Croats and Serbs to that of the Nazis and the Jews.
“This country is just too fucked up about color.... People at each other's throats just because they are of a different color,'' Dylan told Rolling Stone, discussing race relations in the United States.
“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, and they can't pretend they don't know that.
“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.''
The charge came after the Council of Croats in France filed a complaint about the comments.
French media law bars incitement to “discrimination, hatred or violence with regard to a person or group of people on the grounds of their origin or of their membership or non-membership of an ethnic group, a nation, a race, or a religion.’’
A representative of Dylan's label said he was not aware of the proceedings against the star, while the CRICCF refused immediate comment.
Croatia and Serbia fought after the breakup of Yugoslavia in a 1991-1995 war that left around 20,000 people dead.
Croatians are highly sensitive when mentioned in a Nazi-related context.