When Bob Dylan Became The Most Hated Man In History

Bob Dylan and his fans have had a fairly complicated relationship over the years, from the time the rocker threatened to stop performing live to the recent controversy surrounding Dylan’s book.

So, needless to say, there had been times when Bob and his audience clashed over his personality or artistic preferences, and one such incident took place when the rocker decided to establish a new creative path, but some of his fans wouldn’t be as happy and eventually start calling him ‘Judas,’ declaring him to be the most hated man in history [arguably].

Well, it was 1965 when then-hotshot Dylan appeared at the Newport Folk Festival and took the stage before enthusiastic fans, though the rocker would learn the hard way how he couldn’t please everyone. The gig remarked the first time he decided to plug in his guitar and go electric, and for some, that show was one of the most important milestones in rock history.

However, others hated that Bob decided to plug in and ‘ruin’ his folksy melodies, so, to make things clear about how much they vetoed the decision, some fans and critics started calling out the rocker, naming him after the best well-known betrayer in history, ‘Judas,’ for betraying folk‘s simplistic and naive spirit.

Dylan addressed these accusations in 2012 when The Guardian asked him about those who accused him of plagiarism, and the singer did not hold back while brutally slamming his haters and ‘fans’ who declared him alike to the most hated betrayer in history.

The singer’s reaction to his not-so-flattering nickname:

“These [plagiarism accusers] are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me. Judas, the most hated name in human history! If you think you’ve been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that. Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified.”

It felt to Dylan that the accusations about him not being authentic or going electric weren’t as bad as betraying Jesus, and that feels like a reasonable argument. However, one might still not make out what Joni Mithcell thinks about that, as you can check out the time how she slammed Bob for being a plagiarist, aka, creative thief.