Bryan Adams Instagram post called racist by Chinese Canadian organization and social media users


Prominent Chinese-Canadian activist says shocked, disappointed, and angry over Instagram post from Canadian singer Bryan Adams’ official account, saying she is racist.

Adams’ video is from him playing his hit song “Cuts Like a Knife”. A description of the accompanying video expresses frustration that COVID-19 restrictions have led to the postponement of three shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.

“Tonight was supposed to be the start of a concert rental at @royalalberthall, but thanks to the consumption of f-king bats, the sale of animals on the wet market, the manufacture of greedy bastard viruses, the whole world is now on hold, “said the publication. Lily.

“My message to them other than” thank you very much “has become vegan. “

Bryan Adams, pictured here in 2018, is a Grammy and Juno award-winning Canadian rock star who became famous in the 1980s. (Sean Kilpatrick / The Canadian Press)

Amy Go, president of the Canadian National Council of China for Social Justice, described the post as racist and believes it could stir up hatred for Chinese Canadians.

“People are turning to public figures. He is considered an idol by many, “said Go.” This justifies this racist hatred against the Chinese. … It’s so irresponsible and just so, so, so, so racist. “

As the coronavirus pandemic has spread, many have expressed concern about the rise of anti-Asian and anti-Chinese racism in Canada, with reports of anti-Asian hate crimes increasing in Vancouver, including attacks physical and verbal.

No response from Adams’ camp

CBC News contacted Adams’ representatives for a response, but received no immediate response.

Starting at 10 p.m. PT, her Instagram video received more than 1,500 responses.

Many comments expressed their love for Adams’ music and dismayed that he would not be on tour, but dozens of others accused Adams of racism.

“Wow. What racist garbage from someone I respected, “wrote Instagram user @globalcanuck.

“Lol, look at this occasional racism,” wrote @got_thall.

“I thought you would be a better human being than that,” wrote @ annaliserae80. “The beginning of your post is a seriously racist garbage can and everyone here who agrees with you is disgusting. “

Monday night, Bryan Adams was in vogue on Twitter.

Animal rights organization PETA responded to the video supporting Adams’ vegan advocacy message.

A response from the official account of the animal rights organization PETA is one of almost 1,800 on the Bryan Adams video which is criticized for a racist description. (@ bryanadams / Instagram)

CBC News contacted the organization to ask if it had concerns about the message but received no immediate response.

Celebrities and disinformation

The World Health Organization said in April that evidence suggests that the new coronavirus originated in animals in China at the end of last year and has not been handled or produced in a laboratory.

Initial studies have suggested that the virus may originate from bats. WHO is still investigating the origin of the virus.

University of Alberta professor Tim Caulfield, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, was among many to oppose the Instagram publication of ‘Adams.

He said in an interview that the message feels “filled with hate” and has a “tinge of racism” and is not built on science.

“It wasn’t made by anyone [Adams] implies, “said Caulfield. We don’t know it came from a wet market. A bat may have been involved, in fact, some interesting research recently … certainly points in that direction.

“But we don’t know where it came from. Certainly not enough to justify that kind of anger, that kind of pointing finger. “

Caulfield says research has revealed that much of the misinformation around the coronavirus comes from celebrities.

“So it’s important,” said Caulfield.

“It amplifies a message. And even if you’re not a fan of Bryan Adams, this type of messaging can have an impact. “


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