After months of controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted his Nobel prize in Literature on April 2, almost half a year after his nomination. Though Dylan shocked the world by taking weeks to even acknowledge his nomination, he's always been enigmatic, according to an AFP article reprinted in The Daily Mail. The AFP further reported that Dylan played to standing ovations at the intimate Nobel Prize ceremony, though he refrained from mentioning his prize during the concert, much to the chagrin of audience members. While some interpreted this as impolite, others said that the reserved Dylan never speaks with the crowd during media performances.
Bob Dylan’s standoffishly late response to receiving the Nobel prize shows how society values arrogant behaviour, writes Megan Garber of The Atlantic. She claims that he should have had the basic decency to respond to receiving one of the world’s most distinguished awards. Garber scoffs at the accolades for non-conformism that Dylan has received, seeing him as pompous and rude. She laments that society sees being polite as weak or self-defeating, comparing the successful arrogance of Donald Trump and Steve Jobs to that of Dylan.