Queen guitarist Brian May has clarified comments he made in an UK interview.
The 74-year-old guitarist recently spoke with The Mirror about the BRIT Awards. The organization is removing gendered awards for its 2022 ceremonies. May was quoted as calling the decision an example of a ‘frightening’ trend. May said he didn’t believe Queen would be considered diverse enough to win four BRIT Awards.
“We would be forced to have people of different colors and different sexes and we would have to have a trans [person]. You know life doesn’t have to be like that. We can be separate and different,” May says in the interview. “It’s a decision that has been made without enough thought. A lot of things work quite well and can be left alone,” May says.
But Brian May took to Instagram to clarify those comments given during an ITV event.
“Yes, I was ambushed and completely stitched up by a journalist at the recent ITV event,” May says. “And it’s led to a whole mess of press stories making it look like I’m unfriendly to trans people. 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 colors, 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.”
Since May’s post went live on Instagram, it has received over 250,000 likes and an outpouring of fan support.