Bryan Adams apologizes for racist coronavirus rant
Bryan Adams has apologized for a racist post that he put on social media a couple of days before. The Canadian rock star (60) has been under fire for his racist rant about the coronavirus pandemic and its origins. "Thanks to some fu****g bat eating, wet market animal selling," he wrote. His comments were dubbed as anti-Asian and anti-Chinese.
Adams lamented that the 'whole world is on hold'
Taking to Instagram, Adams on Monday lamented that he could not carry out his performance which was due to start in London this week. "Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at Royal Albert Hall, but thanks to some fu****g bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy ba*****s, the whole world is now on hold," he wrote.
My message to them is go vegan, Adams added
"Not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus. My message to them other than "thanks a fu****g lot" is go vegan," the post further read. Notably, COVID-19 pandemic has killed 2.92 lakh around the world.
Adams said he 'wanted to have a rant', promote veganism
In another Instagram post on Tuesday, Adams wrote, "Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday." He added that he "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. "My thoughts are with everyone dealing with this pandemic around the world," he concluded.
Here is the post by Adams
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
Adams' original comments divided opinion
Adams' original comments garnered flak from many. Amy Go, president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice criticized the singer, saying, "This is so irresponsible and just so, so, so, so racist." Go added that Adams' comments could trigger "racist hatred against Chinese". However, animals rights group PETA praised him, writing, "This is why it's crucial for everyone to go vegan now."
Amid pandemic, racism and violence is on rise against Asians
It should be noted that racist and violent attacks against Asians and people of Chinese descent have increased in US and Canada, amid the pandemic. Recently, a 92-year-old man was thrown out of a Vancouver convenience store because he was of Chinese descent. Previously, US President Donald Trump was also criticized for attuning COVID-19 specifically to China, calling the virus as a "Chinese virus".