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Canadian singer Bryan Adams apologizes for COVID-19 social media posts

Last Updated May 12, 2020 at 9:54 am MST

Bryan Adams plays during second intermission at the NHL 100 Classic, in Ottawa on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Adams will be among the performers on the CBC's cross-country "Canada's New Year's Eve — Countdown To 2020" broadcast. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Editor’s note: This article contains some tweets with offensive language. Reader discretion is advised.

LONDON – Canadian rock and roll star Bryan Adams has publicly apologized after he came under fire for a controversial post about COVID-19.

“Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday,” Adams writes on an Instagram post. “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.”

Adams, who is from North Vancouver, was forced to cancel a residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall because of the crisis. He then took to Instagram and Twitter, blaming the novel coronavirus on “bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards.”

The source of the virus is still unconfirmed. However, there was an early outbreak of COVID-19 at a mixed animal market in Wuhan, China in December.

His words have angered many, with people taking to social media to call ou the controversial posts.

“Now that I see #BryanAdams trending because he’s a racist f******, I am a lot happier that I converted his concert t-shirt into my first ever homemade respiratory mask,” one now-former-fan tweets.

Timothy Caufield, a professor of law at the University of Alberta, and current Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy who specializes in ethical issues in medical research writes, “This tweet from @bryanadams…. ugh. Angry. Stigmatizing. Hate baiting. Scientifically wonky. I get that people are frustrated, but this kind of aggressive messaging from an influencer helps no one.”

Others, though, are defending Adams, a long time animal rights activist, saying he did not single out any nationality, and that this was just another example of his well-known vegan activism.

“I’m not getting the racist aspect here. I’m getting that he is a staunch vegan & animal rights supporter,” a Twitter user writes. “If we try & find racist connotations when there aren’t any, then we dilute & nullify real racism. People on the receiving end of true racism don’t deserve that.”

“Why is no one talking about how dogs are being killed for meat in these wet markets? Bryan Adams is totally correct to be critical of these inhumane, horrific wet markets. People need to educate themselves on what’s happening to animals. Why is no one protesting animal cruelty?” another person tweets.

Animal rights group PETA even took to Twitter in support of Adams, who has not apologized after removing the tweets.

Adams has since deleted his tweet, however, the Instagram post remained on his account as of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

-With files from The Canadian Press