The rise in tension between the U.S. and Russia has been made evidently more apparent this past week.
American Rock group, Bloodhound Gang, was recently playing a show in Ukraine when their bassist, Jared Hasselhoff, shoved the Russian flag down his pants saying, "Don’t tell Putin," a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The band was kicked out of the Russian music festival and law enforcement threatened criminal charges for desecrating the national flag, according the Huffington Post.
With the Russian government outraged, the spokesperson for the musical festival said the band’s headlining performance had been cancelled due to the incident. The Huffington Post report continued, “Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky tweeted Friday night that he had spoken with officials in the southern Krasnodar region, known as Kuban. ‘Bloodhound Gang is packing its bags,’ he said in the Twitter post. ‘These idiots will not perform in Kuban.’”
Hasselhoff apologized during a news conference had at the festival, explaining that he didn’t mean it to be offensive and that it was tradition that anything the band threw from the stage must first get passed through his pants…apparently the band was preparing to throw the flag from stage because they felt it was making some fans uncomfortable.
According to Associated Press, Moscow reacted angrily to the stunt and as the members of Bloodhound Gang drove to Anapa airport on Saturday, activists from a pro-Kremlin youth group threw eggs and tomatoes at their vehicle.
Tensions between the countries are high as Russia recently gave temporary asylum to Edward Snowden to avoid prosecution in the States.
This tradition may be one the band should re-think in the future. Check out the incident below: