The apparent evidence was an online video that showed bass player Jared Hasselhoff urinating on the Ukrainian flag during a concert in Odesa on July 30. Yet another video of the same moment, but from the different angle, showed that the Ukrainian flag was just hanging on the stage while the band member pretended to emit some form of liquid not part as part of a prank – leaving the flag unaffected.
Whatever the case, the Ukrainian Security Service banned Hasselhoff from entering the country for 5 years. Nobody noticed, including Ukraine’s KGB successor agency, that in another shot, Hasselhoff displayed his actual penis wrapped in a small Ukrainian flag. The American musician probably isn’t losing sleep over the entry ban into Ukraine, but the punishment wasn’t a fair one.
Isn’t the hasty decision too obvious? A band member is forbidden entrance even before the facts of flag abuse are thoroughly examined. Ukrainian police launched criminal proceedings and cannot find the other video, showing what had actually happened. Taking into account the angry reaction from Russia, it appears that Ukraine wanted to show solidarity with its big neighbor to the northeast.