Rock star Bryan Adams apologized after posting a rant of explosives laden with coronavirus on social media.
On Monday, he wrote: “Thanks to the consumption of bats, the sale of animals on the wet market, the virulence of viruses [expletives], the whole world is now on hold. “
Many have interpreted the star’s comments as anti-Asian or anti-Chinese, but he has been praised by some animal rights groups.
“My apologies to everyone who offended my posting yesterday,” Adams said in a new post on Tuesday.
“No excuses, I just wanted to complain about the horrible cruelty to animals in these wet markets being the possible source of the virus and promoting veganism. “
He added, “I have love for everyone and my thoughts are with all those who face this pandemic around the world. “
The singer was scheduled to perform in London this week before the foreclosure measures took effect.
After the publication of his original comments, the Canadian singer was criticized by Amy Go, president of the Sino-Canadian National Council for Social Justice.
“It is so irresponsible and so, so, so, so racist,” she told CBC News. “People admire public figures. He is considered an idol by many. “
Go suggested that Adams’ comments would intensify “racist hatred against the Chinese.”
Many people believe that the wet markets in Wuhan, China, were the original source of the coronavirus.
Wet markets have become familiar in many countries in Southeast Asia, particularly in mainland China. They sell live fish, chickens and wildlife, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.
Last Friday, the World Health Organization said that one of these markets in the city of Wuhan, in central China, had played a role in the outbreak, either as a source or perhaps in as an “amplifying framework”, while emphasizing that more research on the link was needed.
“Damage has been caused”
Adams’ original comments came the evening he was supposed to start a three-night residency at Albert Hall in London.
“Tonight was supposed to be the start of a concert rental … but thanks to some [expletive] eat bats, sell animals on the wet market, make greedy viruses [expletives], the whole world is now waiting, not to mention the thousands of people who have suffered or died from this virus, “he wrote.
“My message to them other than‘ thanks to [expletive] many have become vegan. “
A link to the post has since been removed from his Twitter account, but Adams’ original statement remains on his Instagram page. Tuesday morning, his name was in vogue on social networks.
“Wow. What racist garbage from someone I respected, “wrote Instagram user @globalcanuck.
“Bryan Adams’ xenophobic racist tirade has been going on for 10 hours now. Damage has been caused ”, added Dr. Wing Kar Li to Twitter.
However, animal rights group Peta applauded Adams’ promotion of veganism.
“This is why it is crucial for everyone to become a vegan now to avoid the next pandemic,” he wrote in response to the star’s Instagram post.
“It is up to us to create a sweeter and healthier future for all species. “
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