Digging through new Serbian folklore again. After twittering with Eniac couple of days ago about the alleged Nirvana album sticker that says “forbidden for dogs and Serbs” (mentioned here on the blog before), I found out that this is not the lone case of such hear-say urban legend, but that there are many other bands and singers who allegedly, for some strange reason hate Serbs and all that is Serbian. Stories like this are relatively easy to spread, because a) they contain some element which connects the artist with Serbia and b) it’s nice when some celebrity mentions your country, even if it’s in a bad manner – it makes people feel important in a way.
Bono Vox / U2: rumor says that during or after Sarajevo concert he stated that he will never play in Serbia, as a sort of punishment for starting the war. This statement is nowhere to be found on the net. On the recent gig in Zagreb, however, he said “For all the visitors from out of town – we are going to be back next summer maybe in your town.” Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean Belgrade, but one can always hope.
Eminem: This one is actually a copy cat of the Nirvana legend – supposedly Slim Shady as well has the same inscription of one of his albums. Nobody knows which one, which is strange because you would think things like this are easy to check. This is a rumor that I can’t figure out, because Eminem never really mentions anything even remotely connected to Serbia in his songs.
Dolores o’ Riordan / Cranberries: Same thing as with U2/Bono – supposedly she said that they will never play in Serbia. Best guess is that someone thought this rumor will spread easily because both bands have dedicated one of their songs to Sarajevo [U2] or Bosnia [Cranberries]. And it did.
Michael Jackson: Rumor says that, to show his disrespect to Serbia he pinned a medal of the Royal Serbian army up-side-down on his jacket. As much as I find the image of Michael Jackson reading Serbian history books at the Neverland library amusing, somehow I am closer to believing that poor Jacko didn’t even know what he was wearing that day.
It is possible that I have missed some other examples so if you would be so kind to share your findings with the other readers in the comments, I’m sure everyone would be grateful. Also, if you have managed to confirm any of these rumors mentioned in the post, speak now (or later).