Bryan Adams Is Facing Backlash Calling Him "Racist" For Comments He Made About The Coronavirus's Origins
On Monday, the "Summer of '69" singer Bryan Adams shared a video of a new song on Instagram with a caption that said "bat-eating, wet market animal-selling, virus-making greedy bastards" caused the COVID-19 pandemic. The singer also shared a link to the video on Twitter with the same text.
"Thanks to some bat-eating, wet market animal-selling, virus-making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold," it read.
The "wet market" Bryan is referring to is the seafood market in Wuhan, China. Several of the first COVID-19 cases reported in Wuhan were tied to the market, but the actual origins of the virus are still unknown. Hoaxes have been circling online of bat-eating being the origin of COVID-19, making Asians targets of harassment.
People quickly noticed Bryan's comments and called him out on social media.
Bryan Adams has now apologized for the caption, saying, "Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday. 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."