Queen's Brian May slams Brit Awards
Queen guitarist Brian May has strongly hit out at the organisors of the Brit Awards and their "woke" decision to scrap "male" and "female" categories and instead introduce gender-neutral ones.
"Not even the legendary Freddie Mercury could have survived today's culture," May said.
The U.K.'s most prominent music awards will feature two instead of four categories for its most prestigious titles: Best Solo Artist and Best International Solo Artist.
May says he's "sick of people trying to change things without thinking of the long-term consequences," and that cancel culture has created an "atmosphere of fear everywhere because people are too 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."
Mercury, known for his flamboyant stage persona, is lauded as one of the most influential singers of his time, despite defying the standards of a rock-n-roll frontman. But May wonders if that would have been enough today, adding that the band would have struggled to fit in.
"Freddie came from Zanzibar, he wasn't British, he wasn't white as such," May said.
"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."
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