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12 May 2020, 11:23 | Updated: 12 May 2020, 11:50
Bryan Adams has faced criticism after posting a coronavirus rant on social media, with some people accusing him of being racist towards China.
The Canadian singer was due to be performing in London this week, but lockdown measures meant that he had to cancel the shows, like many other acts around the world.
"Thanks to some f*****g bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy b******s, the whole world is now on hold," Adams wrote on Instagram.
Many have since said that the star's comments were anti-Asian or anti-Chinese, but he has also been praised by some animal rights groups.
Adams was soon criticised by Amy Go, president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice.
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CUTS LIKE A KNIFE. A song by me. Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some fucking 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. My message to them other than “thanks a fucking lot” is go vegan. To all the people missing out on our shows, I wish I could be there more than you know. It’s been great hanging out in isolation with my children and family, but I miss my other family, my band, my crew and my fans. Take care of yourselves and hope we can get the show on the road again soon. I’ll be performing a snippet from each album we were supposed to perform for the next few days. X❤️ #songsfromisolation #covid_19 #banwetmarkets #selfisolation #bryanadamscutslikeaknife #govegan🌱
"This is so irresponsible and just so, so, so, so racist," she told CBC News. "People look up to public figures. He is seen as an idol by many.
It has been reported that wet markets in Wuhan, China, were the the original source of coronavirus.
Wet markets often sell fresh produce straight from the farm, including meat, fish and other goods. Wild animals at such markets can lead to extinction and spread disease.
Bryan Adams's posts came on the night he was originally set to start a three-night residency at London's Albert Hall.
"Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs... but thanks to some f******g bat-eating, wet-market animal-selling, virus-making greedy b******s, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus," he wrote.
"My message to them other than 'thanks a [expletive] lot' is go vegan."
Animal rights group PETA said that Adams's intention was to promote veganism: "This is why its crucial for everyone to go vegan now to prevent the next pandemic. It's up to us to create a kinder, healthier future for all species."