NBC Notes Bob Dylan Criticized for Letting China Censor His Concert
On Sunday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt informed viewers that Human Rights Watch recently aimed criticism at singer and former anti-war activist Bob Dylan, charging that he "should be ashamed of himself for letting" the Chinese government "tell him what to sing."
After recounting the irony of Dylan performing a concert in Vietnam after opposing the Vietnam War in the 1960s, Holt noted that he was criticized for "submitting his song list to Chinese authorities."
Below is a complete transcript of the item as read by Lester Holt from the Sunday, April 10, NBC Nightly News:
In Vietnam, the times, they are a changing. The man who became a powerful voice against the Vietnam War in the 1960s took the stage in that country tonight. Bob Dylan - seen on the right in an amateur video of the event - played in Ho Chi Minh City to an audience of 8,000 to a mix of Vietnamese and foreigners.
After a concert in China last week, the 69-year-old Dylan was criticized for submitting his song list to Chinese authorities. Two of his most famous songs - "Blown in the Wind" and "The Times, They Are a Changing" - were not performed in China. Unclear if those songs were banned. Human Rights Watch said Dylan should be ashamed of himself for letting a government tell him what to sing.