Queen guitarist Brian May spoke about his concerns over cancel culture and his belief that Freddie Mercury would have found PC culture “difficult.”
May spoke to The Mirror about the BRIT Awards’ decision to scrap gender-based award categories. “It’s a decision that has been made without enough thought,” he said. “A lot of things work quite well and can be left alone. I get so sick of people trying to change things without thinking of the long-term consequences. Some of these things are an improvement, some of them are not.”
May then went on to say there’s currently an “atmosphere of fear everywhere because people are afraid to say how they really think.”
“I think so many people are feeling, ‘Hang on, this isn’t quite right’. But they don’t dare say anything. Eventually there will be some kind of explosion,” he added.
May also spoke of the late Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury and imagined how he would have fared in today’s society. “Freddie came from Zanzibar, he wasn’t British, he wasn’t white as such, nobody cares, nobody ever, ever discussed it,” May said.
“He was a musician, he was our friend, he was our brother. We didn’t have to stop and think: ‘Ooh, now, should we work with him? Is he the right color? Is he the right sexual proclivity?’ None of that happened, and now I find it frightening that you have to be so calculating about everything.”
May later took to Instagram to clarify his remarks and claimed his comments were “subtly twisted.”
“Yes - I was ambushed and completely stitched up by a journalist at the recent ITV event. And it’s led to a whole mess of press stories making it look like I’m unfriendly to trans people,” May wrote.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. My words were subtly twisted. I should have known better than to talk to those predatory Press hacks. Sincere apologies to anyone who has been hurt by the stories. My heart is open as always to humans of all colours, all creeds, all sexes and sexualities, all shapes and sizes - and all creatures. We all deserve respect and an equal place in this world. And my grateful thanks to all of you who stepped up to defend me in the last couple of days. It means so much that you have faith in me."