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Brian May accuses reporter of “twisting” comments on art, diversity and hiring trans Queen members

Brian May, guitarist for legendary British rock band Queen, has slammed the “predatory” press for “subtly twisting” his criticism of left-wing cancellation culture to make it appear as though he opposes transgender.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, May slammed the UK press for misleading fans about the point he was making last week when he spoke to the Daily Mirror on recent changes eliminating the “male” and “female” categories for the British Record Industry Trusts (BRIT) Awards show. According to the BRIT announcement, all artists on the record will be treated equally in the competition for award categories and the awards will not be separated into male and female groups.

May said he felt “ambushed” by the “predatory news hacks” of the Mirror and had no intention of giving the impression that he was “unfriendly towards transgender people”.

“Yes – I was ambushed and completely trapped by a reporter during the recent ITV event,” May wrote on her November 28 Instagram post. “And that led to a whole bunch of press articles making it sound like I’m hostile to trans people. Nothing could be further from the truth. My words were subtly twisted. I should have known rather than talking to those predatory news hijackers.

“Sincere apologies to all who have been hurt by the stories. My heart is open as always to humans of all colors, creeds, genders and sexualities, shapes and sizes – and all creatures. We all deserve respect and an equal place in this world. And I thank all of you who have mobilized to defend me over the past few days. It means so much that you trust me, ”he said.

May’s doubling on the interview came after he told the newspaper he believed the effort to eliminate the “male” and “female” categories was a stupid example of canceling the culture awakening, and the decision was taken “without giving it enough thought”.

But it was his flippant transgender insertion that sparked an uproar.

May told the newspaper that Freddie Mercury – a bisexual man from Zanzibar in Africa who died of AIDS in 1996 – allegedly found today’s revival cancellation culture “difficult.”

“Freddie was from Zanzibar, he was not British, he was not white as such – nobody cares, nobody ever discussed it,” he said. “He was a musician, he was our friend, he was our brother. We didn’t have to stop and think, “Oh, now should we work with him? Is it the right color? Does he have the right sexual inclination? None of this happened.

May added that today her own famous group would not be considered diverse enough.

“I find it scary that you have to be so calculating about everything,” exclaimed May. “We would have to have people of different colors and different genders, and we would have to have a trans [person]. You know life doesn’t have to be like this. We can be separate and different.

“A lot of things work very well and can be left alone,” May added. “I’m so fed up with people trying to change things without thinking about the long term consequences. Some of these things are an improvement, some are not. “

Finally, the guitarist lamented “the atmosphere of fear everywhere because people are afraid to say what they really think” and concluded by saying that “a lot of people feel ‘hang on, it’s not. absolutely correct. ‘ But they dare not say anything. Eventually there will be some kind of explosion.

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