Bryan Adams has been accused of racism after blaming coronavirus on ‘f***ing bat eating, wet market animal selling bas***ds’.
The Summer Of 69 singer began trending on social media after he went on an expletive-laden rant about his shows at the Royal Albert Hall being cancelled.
The 60-year-old posted a clip of himself singing his 1983 hit Cuts Like A Knife, before seemingly blaming China for coronavirus and urging people to go vegan.
He wrote: ‘CUTS LIKE A KNIFE. A song by me. Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some f***ing bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bas***ds, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus.
‘My message to them other than “thanks a f***ing lot” is go vegan.’
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Covid-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, but its actual origin is unknown.
Wet markets, which sell live produce, in Wuhan, China, have been blamed by many as the original source of coronavirus, but there has been no confirmed connection between the Wuhan wet markets and Covid-19.
Adams continued: ‘To all the people missing out on our shows, I wish I could be there more than you know. It’s been great hanging out in isolation with my children and family, but I miss my other family, my band, my crew and my fans.
‘Take care of yourselves and hope we can get the show on the road again soon. I’ll be performing a snippet from each album we were supposed to perform for the next few days. X❤️ #songsfromisolation #covid_19 #banwetmarkets #selfisolation #bryanadamscutslikeaknife #govegan.’
Comments are turned off on Adams’ Instagram post, and while the initial post remains, he deleted the linked tweet after it sparked major backlash on Twitter.
The Canadian star was accused of racism due to the ‘bat-eating’ and ‘wet market animal selling’ comments in the caption.
One tweet read: ‘Anybody have ‘bryan adams racist meltdown’ in the 2020-is-a-hot-mess pool’, while another read: ‘Ugh. My Canadian heart. My 80’s self who wore out his tapes. Why did Bryan Adams have to implode?’
And actress and producer Cindy Chu tweeted: ‘So Bryan Adams is like…SUPER super racist. Good to know.’
Adams was set to play the Royal Albert Hall on 11,12 and 13 May, with the Run To You singer performing a different album on each night.
He will now perform Cuts Like A Knife, Into The Fire and Waking Up The Neighbours in their entirety in April 2021 at the iconic London venue.
Metro has contacted Adams’ rep for comment.
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