Queen’s guitarist Brian May says his comments about the removal of gender categories from the 2022 BRIT Awards ceremony were twisted after being “ambushed and completely sewn up by a journalist”.
In an interview with The Mirror on Wednesday, May said that in today’s world Queen would have been seen as not diverse enough, that “we would have to have people of different colors and different genders and we would have to have a trans [person].” He added, “You know, life doesn’t have to be like that. We can be separate and different.
In an Instagram post on Saturday, May clarified her comments.
“Yes – I was ambushed and completely sewn up by a reporter at the recent ITV event. And that led to a whole load 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 not to talk to these predatory press hacks. Sincere apologies to anyone 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 my grateful thanks to all of you who have stepped up to defend me in the past few days. It means so much that you have faith in me. With love – Bri”
His teammate Adam Lambert showed his support by simply responding with four heart-shaped emojis.
May also mentioned in this story for The Mirror that the band’s legendary Freddie Mercury – who died in 1991 after contracting AIDS – is said to have found woke culture difficult.
“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 good color? Does he have the right sex drive?’”
“None of that happened,” May continued. “And now I find it scary that you have to be so calculating about everything.”