There was a time that if you said the name Ryan Adams, people would ask, “Wait, did you say Ryan or Bryan? Is that the good one or the bad one?“. Ryan was of course the bad one, while Bryan Adams was the harmless Canadian one. That is, he was until yesterday. Now people are going to have to get specific and ask, “Is that the one who is an alleged creep, or the one who said problematic shit about the coronavirus on Twitter?”
Bryan is 60 years old and is still playing shows because you can never underestimate the number of middle-aged women who get extremely horny for that song from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. But because of COVID-19, those horny ladies won’t get to see Bryan perform anytime soon, including three shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall which were scheduled for this week.
Bryan is obviously very pissed that he’s still stuck inside, and yesterday he took out his frustrations on Twitter and Instagram. On the day of what should have been his first of three performances, Bryan let everyone know who he thinks is to blame for the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Bryan Instagrammed and tweeted (then later deleted) the following message:
The singer Bryan Adams blamed the coronavirus pandemic, and his canceled shows, on “some fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards” and said his “message to them” is “go vegan.” https://t.co/sluF8gTFLm pic.twitter.com/geXVJx9GhY
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) May 12, 2020
According to Bryan, Londoners can’t rock out to him because of some, “bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards.” He adds, “My message to them other than ‘Thanks a fucking lot’ is to go vegan.” Bryan doesn’t call out a specific country, but based on the pretty obvious scent of racism with that bat-eating accusation, it’s pretty clear he’s got some aggressive anti-Wuhan energy.
BBC News points out that so many people were pissed at Bryan’s rant, that his name started trending on Twitter. And it’s not really a surprise why. There’s a whole Wikipedia article dedicated solely to incidents of anti-Chinese racism that have happened in response to the coronavirus. Of course, Bryan did have some online supporters, like Ann Coulter and Katie Hopkins. So, if you want to visualize who will still be wine-drunk shimmying to “Summer of 69” at his next concert, there you have it.
Bryan’s tweet has since been replaced with a far more sensitive message encouraging everyone to stay healthy during the COVID-19 quarantine:
To everyone who has tickets to the Shine A Light tour, due to the government's shut down of all live events, we have rescheduled our shows to 2021.
Staying healthy is the number one priority and I’m looking forward… https://t.co/QnBFP7KJjS
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) April 15, 2020
However, the original offensive Instagram message that started it all has yet to be deleted. It’s right beside the video Bryan posted earlier today, in which he offered up a half-hearted apology for anyone who was offended by his comments about the origin. But, he’s still not sorry for suggesting you all go vegan and he still is very anti-wet market.
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INTO THE FIRE. Title track from the same album. 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. Here’s the appropriately titled song that would have been performed tonight at the @royalalberthall . #bryanadamsintothefire #songsfromisolation #covid19 #banwetmarkets #govegan
Bryan was ALLEGEDLY born in Canada, which makes him a Canadian person. And yet the best apology he could come up with was basically one of those, “I’m sorry if you were offended” ones? I’m sorry, but an actual legitimate Canadian would have said, “I’m sorry” at least three times. Look, I’m sorry, but someone had to say it.