Bryan Adams tenders apology over racist COVID-19 remarks
Canada : Canadian singer Bryan Adams has apologized for his recent remarks on COVID-19 after he received a huge backlash and was tagged as anti-Chinese racist.
The "Cuts Like a Knife" singer issued a statement offering "apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday," adding: "I have love for all people."
Earlier, after one of his shows was cancelled in China, the singer had posted on social media that his gigs at the Royal Albert Hall were nixed thanks to "bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards."
He went on to say that "the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus," admonishing the Chinese to "go vegan."
While some supported him for not eating animals, the majority slammed him for being racist against the Chinese people.
"This is so irresponsible and so racist," Amy Go of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice told AFP.
"He's a Canadian idol and he's fanning the flames of anti-Chinese racism, and contributing to an increase in hateful taunts and blatant (physical) attacks on Chinese and Asian people in Canada and around the world," she said.
Others called his remarks "racist garbage."
In his apology, Adams explained: "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."
Bryan Adams also deleted his controversial post from the social media.