Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is facing criticism following his expletive-laden outburst about the coronavirus pandemic on social media.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the well-known animal rights activist and vegan raged about being unable to play his planned residency at London's Royal Albert Hall, where he would have been performing three of his albums over three separate nights.
The dates have been rescheduled for next year but 60-year-old Adams was unable to disguise his fury in his tirade, which takes aim at people he has called "f***ing bat eating, wet market selling, virus making greedy b*******".
In the lengthy Instagram post, in which he also performs his song Cuts Like a Knife, Adams laments about missing his family, his fans and his touring crew.
In the post, he said: "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 f***ing bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy b*******, 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 f***ing 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."
Adams also posted the clip and his comments on Twitter but then deleted the update but not before his strongly-worded statement was noticed by people, who have not taken kindly to his sentiments.
User @ElieNYC said: "What we learned today is that Dave Grohl is really cool and Bryan Adams is a giant ass****."
@pixelatedboat added: "I've forgotten which one is Bryan Adams and which one is Ryan Adams and I’m not going to learn it again." While @MavenOfMayhem said: "Ugh. My Canadian heart. My 80’s self who wore out his tapes. Why did Bryan Adams have to implode?"
The top trending comment came from @bornmiserable, who parodied the lyrics to Adams' signature song Summer Of 69.
Adams was also criticised by Amy Go, president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice.
"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."