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UPDATE: This story was updated Tuesday morning to include Bryan Adams’s apology.
Eighties rock star Bryan Adams was under fire Monday night after he posted a bizarre social media rant about the coronavirus that many perceived to be racist.
“Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some f***ing 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 f***ing lot’ is go vegan,” Adams captioned an Instagram video of him acoustically performing his 1983 hit “Cuts Like a Knife.”
The comments on Adams’s Instagram were largely sympathetic, at least at first — but the singer also shared the tirade on Twitter, where it stirred up more outrage. Seemingly blaming the pandemic on China (where the coronavirus is believed to have originated) for selling live animals and consuming meat, Adams quickly became a top trending Twitter topic.
Presumably reacting to the backlash, Adams later deleted his tweet. However, as of this writing, his post is still up on Instagram with the angry caption intact (although commenting has been disabled). On Tuesday, Adams posted a new acoustic performance, of “Into the Fire,” to Instagram, with an apology in the caption.
“Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday,” Adams wrote. “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.”
Countless people on Twitter have called out Adam for his nastiness, self-centeredness, or even blatant xenophobia, although some fans have defended him as well.
BRYAN ADAMS: 🎶 wrote my first real racist tweet / my career already in decline / blaming the Chinese for my lack of income / was the summer of COVID one-nine 🎶 pic.twitter.com/gvy9k4XlEc
— Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) May 12, 2020
— Cindy Pika Chu (@iamcindychu) May 12, 2020
I was today old when I found out Bryan Adams is a racist.
— GeneralAmaya⚖️ (@MelaKatie) May 12, 2020
Me: Cool, Bryan Adams is trending number 1 in the world!
Me: See's why Bryan Adams is trending pic.twitter.com/fqzreC5HGl
— Andrew 🇨🇦 (@A_J_McLaren) May 12, 2020
*goes to remove any Bryan Adams songs from my library*
Oh nvm pic.twitter.com/t6pcnJ9cJb
— Kyla (@kylaer_) May 12, 2020
— Torrance Coste (@TorranceCoste) May 12, 2020
So what you're saying, if I understand correctly, is that all of this has really inconvenienced Bryan Adams?
Well, I'm sure all the sick and dying common folks around the world will sympathise with you, for your loss.
The struggle is real.
For Bryan Adams.
— Barney Panofsky's Best Intentions (@mynamesnotgordy) May 12, 2020
*pours out a little on the ground for Bryan Adams' career* pic.twitter.com/4er3Nbzal4
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) May 12, 2020
Oh my god thank GOD we can cancel Bryan Adams now. Every time Summer of ‘69 comes on the radio Im tempted to crash my car
— amil (@amil) May 12, 2020
The Bryan Adams post that you think is MAGA rhetoric but turns out to be obnoxious vegan grandstanding is the greatest twist ending I've ever seen. pic.twitter.com/eB4fCAx2uW
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) May 12, 2020
Snitch-tagging the Governor General to get Bryan Adams in trouble is the most Canadian thing you can do. pic.twitter.com/lCP4ABEs8D
— Don Hughes 🦌 (@getfiscal) May 12, 2020
I'm with Bryan Adams on this issue. Almost 300,000 people have lost their lives due to the virus originating from those disgusting wet markets. As a life-long vegan, he is advocating veganism so that such suffering and devastation can be prevented. Labelling him racist is stupid.
— Akshay Kumar G (@AkshayShakira) May 12, 2020
Bryan Adams tactlessly put his foot in his mouth, but "racism" wasn't the thing that crossed my mind.
China could use more criticism towards their government IGNORING the dangers of their wet markets always being a major suspected source of so many novel coronavirus outbreaks.
— Brian Lockett (@MangaFox) May 12, 2020
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