American rock group Bloodhound Gang has been barred from a music festival in Russia after a band member shoved the country’s flag into his underpants during a gig.
Bassist Jared Hasselhoff put the flag into the front of his pants and then pulled it out of the back during a concert in the Ukrainian city of Odessa on Wednesday.
“Don’t tell Putin!” he said to the applause of the audience.
The antics were posted on YouTube.
Moscow reacted angrily by banning the band – which is famous for its sexually explicit songs – from performing at a festival in the Krasnodar Black Sea region, also known as Kuban.
The event, held on August 1-7, is expected to feature bands including The Prodigy, Guano Apes and Scooter.
Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said on Twitter said: “I spoke to the Krasnodar region authorities. Bloodhound Gang is packing their suitcases. These idiots will not perform in Kuban.”
The incident happened against the background of a deepening rift in relations between Russia and the US including the furore over the US fugitive spy agency contractor Edward Snowden who was granted asylum by Moscow this week.
Bloodhound Gang, famous for their provocative songs such as “You’re Pretty When I’m Drunk”, “I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks” and “Kiss Me Where It Smells Funny?” apologised, according to local press.