Here is one group you do hear associated with star feuds: the people who hand outÂ Nobel prizes.
However one member of the Swedish academy is calling out Bob Dylan over his failure to respond since its Oct. 13 announcement bestowing the Nobel Prize for literature to the 75-year-old singer. He’s the first musician to win the literature award at the 115-year history of the academy.
Per Wastberg stated Dylan’s lack of reaction to the honor the academy a week, bestowed on him was predictable, but disrespectful.
“You can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is,” Wastberg was quoted as saying in Saturday’s edition of the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
He went on to say that Academy members have agreed to cease trying to contact him, stating the ball is currently in Dylan’s court.
Only two people have declined a Nobel Prize in literature. Boris Pasternak did so under pressure from Soviet governments in 1958 and Jean-Paul Sartre, who declined all official honors, turned down it in 1964.
Literature laureates have skipped the ceremony before. In 2004, Austrian playwright and novelist Elfriede Jelinek stayed home, citing a phobia.
Alice Munro and Harold Pinter overlooked the service for health reasons in 2013 and 2005.
Dylan’s attitude might be explained by lyrics out of his 1981 song The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar:Â “Try to be pure in heart, they detain you for robbery. Mistake your shyness for aloofness, your excitement for snobbery.”