Canadian singer Bryan Adams has apologised for his F-bomb ridden COVID-19 rant on social media on Monday.
Adams came under fire for posting a tirade which he wrote: "Thanks to some bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy f***ing, the whole world is now on hold."
He was blasted for fuelling anti-Chinese rhetoric by referencing various unproven theories about how the coronavirus originated, including claims that the virus was started by someone who ate a bat and that it was made in a Chinese lab.
In a new post, Adams released a video of him performing ‘Into the Fire’. In the caption, he wrote: “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."
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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
Amy Go, president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, said Adams’s apology didn’t address the racism and potential harm caused by his initial comments, which remains on his Instagram page.
Speaking to CBC News, Go said, “Until such time that he recognises his words…will cause harm to specific communities, like Chinese and Asian communities, I don’t think that’s an apology.”
Maybe the next song he should upload is 'Please Forgive Me'? Also, if Adams is so upset that he couldn't go on tour because of the COVID-19 pandemic — which was one of the reasons he went ballistic in the first place — why can't he just do an at-home concert?
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