Canadian singer Bryan Adams is being criticized as racist for social media posts in which he blamed “bat eating” people for the coronavirus.
“Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some f—— 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,” Adams wrote on Instagram and Twitter Tuesday, alongside a video of him performing his song “Cuts Like a Knife.”
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Adams added that his message “to them other than ‘thanks a f—— lot’ is go vegan.”
Though Adams has since deleted his tweet and appears to have disabled commenting on his Instagram post, his rant sparked immediate backlash online, with “Bryan Adams” and “Bryan Adams racist” trending on social media Tuesday.
“Well, I didn’t have #BryanAdams being a screaming racist on my 2020 #StoptheMadness Bingo card,” wrote lawyer and media consultant Katie Phang.
“Bryan Adams’ racist xenophobic tirade has been up for 10 hours now,” tweeted Dr. Wing Kar Li, a Canadian-based neuroscientist. “Damage has been done.”
Adams did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment.