Bryan Adams caught flak for a controversial rant that he posted on Monday, May 11. In it, he voiced his outrage at what he views to be the cause of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic ultimately led to the cancellation of the Canadian musician's shows at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, which would've began this week.
"Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some f---ing bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus," the original post (which is still currently online) reads.
Bryan Adams' COVID-19 rant called out for racism
The caption goes on to say, "My message to them other than 'thanks a f---ing lot' is go vegan," before it offers a message to Adams' fans.
Adams attracted criticism for his racist statements that characterize Chinese people as "bat eating" and "virus making greedy bastards," in addition to the selfish tone of the rant.
Either Adams or Instagram appears to have turned off comments on the post. Among others, the Chinese-Canadian Organization condemned his comments.
Bryan Adams apologizes for COVID-19 rant
Today, Adams posted another video performance that was accompanied by an apology in the caption.
"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," the apology reads.
The reception of the musician's apology was mixed. Some of his Instagram followers told him it was unwarranted, while others noted its insincerity given that it appeared simply alongside the continuation of his daily performances. Likewise, the apology addressed the offense caused rather than the comments themselves, which led some to brand it a "non-apology."
The top comment on the apology reads: "Hey we are all missing our lives currently. But right now the world doesn't need your racist views and options. Pls be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Having tantrums on IG just divides us, when we need to be more tolerant."