That rascally Bloodhound Gang is not very popular with Russian government folk right now, after a July tour date in which the band engaged in some legally dicey behavior. (Allegedly.)
Like Pussy Riot before them, the Bloodhound Gang mixed rock with politics in a subversive way — when bassist “Evil” Jared Hasselhoff shoved a Russian flag down his trousers while on stage in Ukraine.
Now Hasselhoff and singer Jimmy Pop are being investigated by the Russian version of the FBI, known quite scarily as The Investigative Committee. Facing charges related to laws about “inciting hatred in an organized group,” Pop and Hasselhoff could face charges that carry five years in a Russian prison — which we hear generally is not a place with satellite TV or a gym.
“In early August, the band was scheduled to play a set at the major Russian rock festival Kubana. The musicians arrived in the resort town of Anapa, where the festival was held, and attended a news conference, but their set was canceled by the festival’s management. Some reports said that the order came directly from Russian authorities.”
The Russian agency investigation the Bloodhound Gang’s actions used the group members’ real names, Jared Hennegan and James Franks, when discussing the investigation, claiming that Jimmy Pop used “insulting expressions in English against Russia” during the Ukraine performance in which the flag-in-pants thing happened.
Pop and Hasselhoff (or Hennegan and Franks) also stand accused of intent to “[humiliate] the human dignity of citizens of Russia” through their on-stage Ukraine antics.