Bob Dylan Still Sides With Jann Wenner Despite His Racist Remarks

Bob Dylan made a rare appearance in public and made it clear that he was still supporting the Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner despite his controversial remarks.

Dylan’s Comments on Wenner

During a Thursday night performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, he defended Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone magazine. Dylan mentioned Wenner’s removal from the board of directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation in September and made it clear that he was in the audience. Talking about the ‘wrongness’ of the situation, he said the following:

“All right, like to say hello to Jann Wenner, who’s in the house. Jann Wenner, surely everybody’s heard of him. Anyway, he just got booted out of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame – and we don’t think that’s right, we’re trying to get him back in.”

Wenner’s Comments Caused His Place in the Hall of Fame

In September, Wenner was expelled from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation board, an organization he co-founded, due to controversial remarks made during a New York Times interview, which were criticized as sexist and racist.

Although Wenner has a non-performing role in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was removed from the Foundation after the Times interview. During the interview, he faced questions about the absence of women and people of color in his book ‘The Masters,’ which exclusively featured interviews with white male artists such as Bono, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, and Pete Townshend.

Wenner attempted to explain that his ‘zeitgeist’ did not encompass women and people of color, focusing specifically on black performers with the following statement:

“When I was referring to the zeitgeist, I was referring to black performers, not to the female performers, OK? Just to get that accurate. The selection was not a deliberate selection. It was kind of intuitive over the years; it just fell together that way. The people had to meet a couple criteria, but it was just kind of my personal interest and love of them. Insofar as the women, just none of them were as articulate enough on this intellectual level.”

Despite issuing an apology and trying to clarify his statements, he received little public support from artists or friends.

You can see the tweet about Dylan’s comment below.