The Bloodhound Gang now has a criminal case hanging over their heads in Russia. The members of the U.S. band, the Bloodhound Gang, put on a raunchy show in Russia which included the frontman wiping his genitals on the Russian flag, according to Billboard on Sept. 11.
When in Rome, do as the Roman’s do, they say, and this is also true in Russia. Members of the band are accused of “inciting hatred and enmity,” against Russia, which is a serious offense there. While wiping your crouch with an American flag would cause major uproar in the U.S., it’s not going to get you involved in a criminal case, like it did with the Russian flag in Russia.
The statement posted on the website of Russia’s Investigative Committee, names the Bloodhound Gang, but specifically mentions, Jimmy Pop, whose real name is James Moyer Franks, the band’s lead singer and guitarist. It also mentions bassist Jared Hennegan. The statement claims:
“Moyer, Hennegan and other unknown persons entered a criminal plot aimed at disgracing Russian citizens and formed a criminal group to that end.”
This criminal investigation stems from a concert on July 30, at Kiev’s Green Theater. This is when Hennegan put a Russian flag down his pants and wiped his genitals with it. He later threw it into the audience before the concert was over.
Both Hennegan and Franks made anti-Russian comments, shouting them to the audience while they were onstage. The next day they performed in a second concert in Odessa, which is a Black Sea resort in the Ukraine. They pretty much repeated their actions from the previous night’s show while performing there.
That was the last two concerts they got to play while in Russia because they were told that their set was canceled when showing up for the country’s major rock festival, Kubana. The orders to cancel the Bloodhound Gang at that venue came down from the Russian authorities, some reports indicated.
The Bloodhound Gang members are banned from Russia for five years and Hennegan, who appeared to be urinating on the Russian flag while on the stage in the Ukraine, is banned from that country too, for a five year duration.
The Russian Investigation Committee is not taking this lightly at all, they are still deciding whether or not to place Hennegan and Franks on a “wanted list.” It sounds like the Bloodhound Gang made it out of the country just in time.