A Nobel Prize committee member has called Bob Dylan ‘arrogant’and ‘impolite’ after the singer chose to remain silent on him being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The singer, songwriter who was lauded with a Nobel Prize in Literature was contacted by Swedish Academy but he ignored them.
“We were aware that he can be difficult and that he does not like appearances when he stands alone on the stage,” Per Wästberg said in an interview. “One can say that it is impolite and arrogant,” the academy member said.
The academy member also said that the snub came as a little surprise to the Nobel committee given Dylan’s history of avoiding public recognition. “He is who he is, but this is an unprecedented situation,” he said.
After over a week of being lauded with the prestigious award, Dylan has choose to not acknowledge his victory and has made no comments on it. Just couple of days ago, the words “winner of the Nobel prize in literature”, which appeared on his website has been removed, according to a report by The Guardian.
Bob Dylan has a history of being erratic around prizes. Receiving the 1963 Tom Paine award for civil rights, he fumbled and even said that he sympthaised with President John F. Kennedy’s killers, although he issued an apology later. He skipped subsequent award ceremonies where he won accolades.
Even when President of the United States Barack Obama invited him to play for the Black History Month, he reluctantly agreed and walked off after the performance.