SMH: Russian singer Evgeny Nikitin pulled out of the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, where he was scheduled to appear in the “Flying Dutchman” because he has a Nazi tattoo on his arm. Evgeny Nikitin was reportedly a member of a heavy metal band in his early years and got the swastika tattoo then.
Festival spokesman Gunther Philipowski, said,”That is a problem in Bayreuth. Bayreuth has a bad history with the Nazis. It’s clear that Bayreuth has to be careful about this terrible part of history and has to take a position against it,” CNN reports.
Why didn’t Evgeny Nikitin get the tattoo removed by laser rather than “paint it over?” Surely he must have known this was going to come back to haunt him.