Bryan Adams Blames Coronavirus on 'Bat-Eating, Virus-Making Greedy B******s'

Bryan Adams has come under fire for blaming the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on "f***ing bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy b******s."

In a post on Instagram Monday, the Canadian singer-songwriter lamented that a number of his gigs being canceled and appeared to suggest the source of the coronavirus could be traced to wet markets that sell live animals. Although there have been suggestions the disease originated in a wet market in Wuhan, China, this has not been confirmed.

Adams posted a clip of himself singing his 1983 song "Cuts Like A Knife," and wrote: "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******s, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus."

He added: "My message to them other than 'thanks a f***ing lot' is go vegan."

Adams received backlash from Twitter users over his remarks.

One Twitter user wrote: "Bryan Adams always sucked, now we just all know for sure."

While another added: "Everyone toss your Bryan Adams' 8-Tracks. Let him have it."

Another wrote: "Ugh. My Canadian heart. My 80's self who wore out his tapes. Why did Bryan Adams have to implode?"

Adams was due to play a series of gigs in London's Royal Albert Hall from Monday, but due to many countries' social distancing rules, large gatherings and concerts remain prohibited for the foreseeable future. The shows have since been postponed till April 2021.

The "Summer of '69" singer wrote on Instagram: "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."

Adams apologized for the controversy on May 12.

"Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday," he wrote on Instagram. [sic]

"No excuse, I just wanted to have a rant about the horrible animal cruelty in these wet markets being the possible source of the virus, and promote veganism."

He added: "I have love for all people and my thoughts are with everyone dealing with this pandemic around the world."

Representatives for the singer have been contacted for comment.

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Bryan Adams performs on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty