October 16, 2021

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Bryan Adams apologized for posting social media blaming “bat-eater” people for coronavirus

Bryan Adams performs at Spark Arena on March 12, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The singer of “Summer of ’69’ walked back with harsh social media harsh words on Tuesday blaming” bat-eater “people for spreading the corona virus, after being widely slammed for its racist tone.

The drama began on Monday when Adams, 60, posted clip of himself on Instagram sang their 1983 single “Cuts Like a Knife.”

In his statement he wrote how he was supposed to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London that night, but because of “eating bats, selling wet market animals, viruses making greedy money, the whole world is now arrested, not to mention the thousands who suffered or died from this virus.”

“My message to them besides ‘thank you very much’ is to be vegan,” Adams added.

His comments sparked an immediate reaction online, with “Bryan Adams” trending on Twitter Tuesday.

“It looks like someone’s view of the race stalled in the summer of ’69,” someone tweeted.

One tweet where he made the same comment has since been deleted, and he has disabled comments on his Instagram posts.

Adams, known for his songs “Heaven,” “Summer of ’69” and “Please Forgive Me,” brought to Instagram on Tuesday to apologize for his words.

In a clip of Adams singing “Into the Fire,” he wrote in his statement, “Apologies to anyone and all those who were offended in my post yesterday. There is no reason, I just want to have harsh words about cruelty to animals that terrible in this wet place. – The market is a possible source of viruses, and promoting veganism. I have a love for everyone and my thoughts are with everyone who deals with this pandemic around the world. “

Adams’s statement, which was mostly taken to address Chinese people, came amid increasing racist attacks on Asians and Asian-Americans. A study released last month showed that there was an increase in the term insult for Chinese people used online.

CNN has contacted representatives for Adams and Royal Albert Hall to provide comments but have not received a response. His residence at the Royal Albert Hall appears to have been rescheduled for April 2021.

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