A Bloodhound Gang member's decision to stuff a Russian flag down his pants
during a concert in the Ukraine earlier this summer has resulted in a criminal investigation launched by Russia's Investigative Committee against two of the band's members.
In the video, which was shot during a concert in late July in the city of Odessa, the band's 42-year-old bassist, Evil Jared Hasselhoff, whose real name is Jared Hennegan, is seen shoving the Russian flag down the front of his pants and pulling out the back, to the cheers of Ukrainians in the crowd.
Shortly before desecrating the flag, Hasselhoff told the concert goers, "Don't tell (Russian President Vladimir) Putin."
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Bloodhound Gang front man Jimmy Pop, whose real name is James Franks, then tells the mostly cheering crowd that appeared to have been as anti-American as they were anti-Russian, "Russia is better than America, so I disapprove of that. . . America sucks."
Both Hennegan and Franks were subsequently named in the criminal probe by Russia's powerful Investigative Committee, which accused the pair of inciting hatred in an organized group, Britain's Sky News reported
In its description of the investigation, the committee said the men's actions were aimed at "humiliating the human dignity of citizens of Russia".
Though they have yet to be charged, the musicians would face up to five years in a penal colony if found guilty, Sky News noted.
The video, seen below, was subsequently uploaded to YouTube in August, where it provoked outrage among Russians.
"Bloodhound Gang packing suitcases. These idiots won't perform in Kubana," Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky tweeted in August, according to Rolling Stone
Angered by the anti-Russian sentiment, locals pelted the Bloodhound Gang's van with tomatoes and eggs Saturday as it made its way out of the town of Anapa, The New York Times reported
Russia, however, wasn’t the Bloodhound Gang's only target during recent performances.
Just days before the Odessa performance, Hasselhoff reportedly urinated on a Ukranian flag while performing at a concert in the nation's capital city of Kiev.
The band was subsequently banned for five years from performing in the Ukraine after a video of the incident surfaced online.
Having been formed in Pennsylvania, the Bloodhound Gang has been performing for more than two decades.
The alternative rock band is known for its satirical lyrics and sexually suggestive songs, such as its 1999 hit single "The Bad Touch." In the song, band members dressed in "MonkeyRat" costumes parade around Paris pursuing attractive woman while singing "You and me, baby, ain't nothin' but mammals, So let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel."
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