Bloodhound Gang have been banned from playing a Russian festival after bassist Jared Hasselhoff shoved the country’s flag down his underpants during a gig – you can watch the stunt below.
Videos posted on YouTube show Hasselhoff pushing the Russian flag down the front of his pants and pulling it out the back during a gig in Odessa, Ukraine. Prior to carrying out the stunt, the bassist told the crowd: “Don’t tell Putin,” a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to AP, Moscow reacted angrily to the stunt and barred the controversial US group from playing the Kubana Festival in the southern region on the country. The festival kicked off on Thursday (August 1) and runs until August 7.
In a Twitter post, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky confirmed that the band was banned from playing Russia. He wrote: “Bloodhound Gang is packing its bags. These idiots will not perform in Kuban.”
Hasselhoff was questioned by police, according to the Russian Interior Ministry, and authorities are said to be deciding whether to charge the bass player with defaming the Russian flag. Hassellhoff has since apologised for the incident and was quoted as saying that it was band tradition for everything thrown on stage to be passed through his pants.
The incident comes at a time of heightened tensions between Russia and the US over NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who was given temporary asylum in Russia last week to help him evade prosecution in the US.
Bloodhound Gang are notorious for their onstage antics and their sexually explicit songs including, ‘The Bad Touch’, ‘A Lap Dance Is So Much Better When The Stripper Is Crying’ and ‘I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks’.