Bob Dylan Just Won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature and Folks Are FURIOUS!
Bob Dylan is a super cool dude, no doubt, and his musical genius is undeniably legendary. His sound helped shape a generation and means more to some than they can probably express. But is he a writer? The folks over at the Nobel Prize (one of the foremost writing awards in the world) seem to think so, as he’s just been given the 2016 award for literature. Deserved or not, some folks are FURIOUS!
Winning for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” according to the Swedish Academy, he’s the first American to win since the novelist Toni Morrison received the honor in 1993. But this time around, with a man who is known more for his music than his writing alone taking home the prize, eyebrows have been raised and reactions are definitely mixed.
Some peeps were totally supportive and congratulating Bob…
Congratulations to one of my favorite poets, Bob Dylan, on a well-deserved Nobel. https://t.co/c9cnANWPCS
— President Obama (@POTUS) October 13, 2016
I am ecstatic that Bob Dylan has won the Nobel. A great and good thing in a season of sleaze and sadness.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 13, 2016
Shoutout songwriter Bob Dylan won Nobelprize in literature today!Always a fan of his genius, inspires me to start a new literary piece 2day.
— Raul (@rawwrulee) October 13, 2016
Others, well, um, aren’t so happy about the sitch…
Really? Bob Dylan? BOB DYLAN? Embarrassing… #NobelPrizeLiterature
— Kim von Hackwitz (@KimvonHackwitz) October 13, 2016
Bob Dylan. I've tried but I just don't get it.
— Stephanie Jones (@Stephanie2jones) October 13, 2016
No Nobel Prize: Tolstoy, Nabakov, Auden, Borges. Nobel Prize: Bob Dylan
— Triumph of the Woke (@jrireland1) October 13, 2016
'Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature'
Oh well… maybe next year, Gary Larson creator of the Far Side.
— J. Patrick Rigney 🎃 (@jpatrickrigney) October 13, 2016
And, of course, some are just having fun with it…
I'm happy to see that Bob Dylan won a Nobel prize for literature because I haven't understood a word he's said for more than a decade
— Stefan Urquelle (@OfficeofSteve) October 13, 2016
What do you think about Bob Dylan winning a Nobel Prize for literature? Tweet us @BritandCo!
(Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty)