While many Bob Dylan fans and fans of not actually reading books are rejoicing about the 75-year-old becoming the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, there’s one man who doesn’t appear to be all that enthused: Bob Dylan. In fact, the Swedish Academy, the committee responsible for selecting Dylan, can’t even get a text back. And according to The Guardian, these people are so butt hurt about being ghosted, they’ve all but given up.
“Right now we are doing nothing,” says Sara Danius, the group’s permanent secretary (whatever that means). “I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough.”
And it’s not as if Dylan has been in seclusion. On Friday he performed at the Desert Trip festival (AKA “Oldchella”) and made no mention of the award. However, Mick Jagger, who took the stage with The Rolling Stones after Dylan, noted, “We have never shared the stage with a Nobel Prize winner before. Bob is like our own Walt Whitman.”
Keep in mind Dylan didn’t show up to collect his Academy Award in 2000 (it was for Best Original Song for “Things Have Changed” from The Wonder Boys) and when he performed at The White House in 2010, he didn’t even care to be photographed with President Obama. So if The Swedish Academy thinks Dylan is going to attend their silly little award ceremony to accept his Nobel Prize in December, they’re probably going to be disappointed.
Dylan is officially that fuckboi who won’t give a text back. Only Bob Dylan would ghost the Nobel Prize.