Canadian singer Bryan Adams was criticized for his post where he blamed “bat eating” wet market vendors for the cancellation of his gigs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 60-year-old singer took to his Twitter and Instagram on Monday to rant about his canceled shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London, according to Variety.
“Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the Royal Albert Hall, but thanks to some f—ing bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus,” Adams wrote in his Instagram post where he sang the 1983 hit, “Cuts Like a Knife.”
“My message to them other than ‘thanks a f***ing lot’ is go vegan,” he added.
“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,” the 15-time Grammy-nominated singer said. “Take care of yourselves and hope we can get the show on the road again soon.”
As of the time of writing, his Instagram video is still up, but his Twitter post was taken down.
Twitter users called out the singer for his insensitive rant amid the pandemic that has taken the lives of more than 287,000 people and over 4.2 million infected by the virus.
Adams has since taken to Instagram, a day after his initial post, to apologize to those who took offense to his remarks.
“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,” he wrote in the caption, alongside “#banwetmarkets.”
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