The U.S. rock band Bloodhound Gang got kicked off a Russian music festival after having performed a stunt that was seen as the defiling of a Russian flag at a concert in Odessa, Ukraine, on 31 July 2013.
Bloodhound Gang’s bass guitarist Jared Hasselhoff grabbed a Russian flag, jammed it inside his underwear and then tossed it into a cheering crowd. Before doing the stunt he said, “Don’t tell Putin.” The Russian flag was then replaced by a Ukrainian one. The flag stunt was captured on video, and the recording posted on YouTube went viral, catching the attention of the Russian government. Desecration of the Russian flag is an act considered a criminal offense in the country.
Here is the YouTube-clip of the Bloodhound Gang flag stunt in Ukraine that sparked Russian outrage:
Published on youtube.com on 3 August 2013
Minister of Culture: “Idiots”
On 2 August 2013, Russia’s Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky cancelled the rock band’s performance at the Kubana music festival in the Krasnodar Black Sea region. On Twitter he wrote: “Talked to Krasnodar territory leadership. The Bloodhound Gang rockers are packing their bags. These idiots will not perform in Kuban.”
The band did later apologize and attempted to explain the bass player’s motivation. Speaking at a press conference, Hasselhoff said it was a pure coincidence that a Russian flag appeared on stage.
The musicians were reportedly attacked by civilians in a Russian airport when they were about to leave the country.
The Journalist – 4 August 2013:
Bloodhound Gang in Russian flag controversy
By Randy Gener