Singer Bryan Adams apologizes for his controversial social media rant
Singer Bryan Adams has apologized for his social media rant which has now gone viral.
The 'Summer of 69' crooner took to his Instagram page, where he has over 780,000 followers, to share a video of himself singing with a caption that blames 'bat eating people' for the current COVID-19 pandemic.
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CUTS LIKE A KNIFE. A song by me. Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus. My message to them other than “thanks a fucking lot” is go vegan. To all the people missing out on our shows, I wish I could be there more than you know. It’s been great hanging out in isolation with my children and family, but I miss my other family, my band, my crew and my fans. Take care of yourselves and hope we can get the show on the road again soon. I’ll be performing a snippet from each album we were supposed to perform for the next few days. X #songsfromisolation #covid_19 #banwetmarkets #selfisolation #bryanadamscutslikeaknife #govegan
The post ,which is still present on the star's page interestingly enough, has been slammed by fans who have accused him of promoting racist views. Comments on his page have been disabled, however.
His comments sparked immediate backlash online, with "Bryan Adams" trending on Twitter Tuesday.
"Looks like someone's views on race are stuck in the summer of '69," one person tweeted.
Although some fans did come to his defense clamining that he did not technically single out any race in his rant.
As a Chinese Canadian, I don't think what Bryan Adams said was racist. He didn't even name Chinese people specifically and to me it sounds like he only meant the people actually at fault for the virus, not Chinese people as a whole. #BryanAdamsIsCancelled— Jada (@fjallhrafn) May 12, 2020
Nevertheless, less than a day after he took to Instagram to apologize.
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INTO THE FIRE. Title track from the same album. Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday. No excuse, I just wanted to have a rant about the horrible animal cruelty in these wet-markets being the possible source of the virus, and promote veganism. I have love for all people and my thoughts are with everyone dealing with this pandemic around the world. Here’s the appropriately titled song that would have been performed tonight at the @royalalberthall . #bryanadamsintothefire #songsfromisolation #covid19 #banwetmarkets #govegan
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