Canadian musician Bryan Adams is being roundly criticized after posting a bizarre, xenophobic rant on Instagram, where he made inflammatory remarks, perpetuating a stereotype that has been used against Chinese people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adams, who came to fame in the 1980s was incensed that his upcoming tenancy at the Royal Albert Hall was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Instead of resorting to guidelines outlined by public health officials or using a measure of common sense, Adams elected for casual racism instead.
In the second part of his rant, Adams said he posted his message to advocate for veganism.
Adams doubled down on his commentary, submitting a tepid apology to “all those that took offence” to his previous remarks and that he merely wanted to promote veganism.
The damage was already done, as Canadians — and others from across the world — blasted the “Summer of ‘69’” singer for his post.
Jesus Christ. @bryanadams just burnt his entire legacy to the ground with one post. I grew up listening to the guy, my mother and aunts were obsessed. Shame. A real damn shame.— Shahmir Sanni (@shahmiruk) May 12, 2020
I’ve forgotten which one is Bryan Adams and which one is Ryan Adams and I’m not going to learn it again— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) May 12, 2020
I am so mad at Bryan Adams for his racist dumb comment that I went in my attic, found an old pair of Bugle Boy jeans from 1985, got his cassette from a pocket, and threw it out.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 12, 2020
Today I learned that Bryan Adams and Ryan Adams are not the same person.— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) May 12, 2020
This isn’t the best way to endear yourself to a new generation of fans, certainly, and we’re guessing that vegan rights activists aren’t too thrilled with Adams’ unique way of co-opting their cause.