For nearly five decades, Bob Dylan has avoided bad press (news stories, I mean, not reviews). Now, there's a a big stink about a Porta Potty on his estate in Malibu. According to the L.A. Times, one neighbor says she can't bare the smell wafting over her fence. Of course, this would be a nothing story if not for Dylan. It's awkward, dumb and annoying for everyone concerned--except, of course, headline writters (God love em').
Full disclosure: Bob is my hero. I bought "Before the Flood" when I was 15 and I've been hooked ever since. Despite some soft spots in his career (the 80's for example) Dylan has maintained an aloof yet dignified stature. I love his music and I love the guy for what he hasn't done. I have never been embarrassed to be a devoted fan.
Think about it: Not once has a Hollywood Squares contestant ever uttered the phrase "Bob Dylan to block." Never has Dylan appeared in a TV ad cooing about a car seat's "rich Corinthian leather." Never has he gone into a rant about how much he hates midgets (or whoever) after being nabbed for drunk driving. We've never had to worry about him putting a cap in Neil Young's ass. Nuff' said. So, of all the shitty things that can happen to a celeb, the furor over a smelly Porta Potty is a far cry from, say, a dead house guest who was seen arguing with Dylan the night before. I mean, given the ocean breezes and such how bad can the smell be? (Of course, I don't live next door)
So I wanted to encourage anyone who might read this to use to comments section to post a headline appropriate for this story. Dylan songs are a natural but feel free to be imaginative. To get you started I have included a few samples culled from a Google search:
Bob Dylan’s neighbors raise stink over his Porta Potty
Bob Dylan's Crap -- Blowin' in the Wind
Poor Bob Dylan and His Malibu Outhouse Debacle
It don't stink nice, it's not all right
Fans Say Dylan's Shit Don't Stink--Locals Disagree