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Bob Dylan is being sued by a Croatian community association in France that accuses him of being racist.
It stems from an interview in Rolling Stone last year in which he was asked about the parallels between the 1860s and present-day America, responding that the U.S. is "too [screwed] up about color. It's a distraction. People at each other's throats just because they are of a different color. It's the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back -- or any neighborhood back. Or any anything back. 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."
That last line, about Serbs sensing Croatian blood, has the Council of Croats in France up in arms. Vlatko Marić, secretary general of the organization, says, "It is an incitement to hatred. You cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats. But we have nothing against Rolling Stone magazine or Bob Dylan as a singer." Because of stricter speech laws in France than here in the U.S., Dylan could face a fine if it believed his comments are wrong.
No surprise -- Dylan, who wrapped up his 2013 tour Thanksgiving night in London, is unavailable for comment.