A day after an expletive-filled Instagram rant blaming animal cruelty at Chinese wet markets for the coronavirus outbreak caused a social media backlash, Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams apologised for the comments deemed racist and offensive.
Writing on his Instagram account on Tuesday the Canadian rock musician apologised "to any and all that took offence" to his previous post. "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," wrote Adams, known for songs like (Everything I Do) I Do It For You and Summer Of '69.
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
But in Monday’s post, Adams lamented that instead of starting a series of live gigs at the Royal Albert Hall he was forced to share snippets of his new album with his fans on Instagram.
"... Thanks to some f****** 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," Adams wrote.
"My message to them other than 'thanks a f****** lot' is go vegan," he added.
The rant drew an immediate firestorm of condemnation on social media, where "Bryan Adams" was trending on Monday, and from the members of Canada’s Chinese community.
Amy Go, president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, dismissed the singer's apology, saying his rant "will cause harm to specific communities, like Chinese and Asian communities." – dpa
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