Bryan Adams came under fire yesterday after going on an angry coronavirus-related tirade.
The Canadian musician was due to play a residency in London this week, which was obviously cancelled in the current circumstances.
Clearly annoyed by that fact, he unleashed his wrath on the "fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards", referring to the theory that the virus originated in wet markets in China. (Wet markets, if you're not aware, is akin to a farmer's market - one that sells fresh produce, seafood and meat. Some also sell live animals for slaughter.)
Many took his rant to have racist undertones, including a Chinese-Canadian organisation who said "People look up to public figures. He is seen as an idol by many. It justifies this racist hatred against Chinese … This is so irresponsible and just so, so, so, so racist."
Adams has now apologised for the post, saying that it was intended primarily to encourage people to go vegan.
"Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday," he wrote. "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."
Comments on his original post, meanwhile, have been turned off.