Thursday, June 03, 2004

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11000 hits and rising.

Honestly, I wanted to blog about John Tenet's resignation and George W. Bush telling that he has some understanding for Iraqi insurgents.

But I simply can't let Severina story go. It took the life of its own. This is becoming Croatia's equivalent of 9-11. Years later people would remember what they were doing and what kind of weather was when they saw those fatal 11 minutes for the first time.

Croatian state television, citing Croatian Ministry of Interiors, claims that the clip came from unknown server in USA and the access to this server was 200 HRK (27,14 €)/ per minute. According to calculation, owner of the site has pocketed over 240 million US$.

Those claims were repeated by Severina's attorney Anto Nobilo. He said that he would sue owner of site, where the files containing images and video briefly appeared. Mysterious "Viper", owner of the site, contacted media and denied that he made any money.

Anto Nobilo is one of the most prominent lawyers in Croatia today. His best known client is Tihomir Blaškić (Tihomir Blaskic), Bosnian Croat general who has been sentenced to 45 years of prison for war crimes against Bosnian Muslims.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eleven **thousand** hits?

Dragan -- post something about how great our blog is.

Doug and Claudia

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More seriously: if there's something you've always wanted to tell the world, this is the chance to do it.

Meanwhile: for your non-Croatian readers, it would be interesting to have some context. Recall that most of us have, well, never heard of her before.

Is there some reason -- other from the very obvious -- that this is so shocking and fascinating?

Doug M.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Dragan said...

I blogged about Severina before (and this is the reason why I received so many hits on the very first days - it takes a while for Google to update new entries).

It is difficult for non-Croatians to explain what Severina is. She is... or was supposed to be, to be more precise, national icon. The most popular singer this country had since independence. Sex symbol. And supporter of Tudjman and Croatian right-wing, great fan of General Gotovina. Sold out concerts in Croatia, among expatriate Croatians, among turbo folk fans in Bosnia and Serbia...

And, needless to say, often viewed as embodiment of "proper" Croatian woman - Catholic, traditional etc. Although she had her share of changing images through the years, just like Madonna, ranging from simple country girl to rebellious punk rocker.
Men wanted her, women wanted to be like her, great unwashed masses loved her acts, snobbish rock critics despised her with passion...

The best illustration to think of what kind of comparative impact this would have? From the top of my head comes hypothetical tape featuring Britney Spears and George Clooney.

12:07 AM  

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