Bryan Adams has been accused of racism after making inflammatory comments about the origin of coronavirus. His message, which has been deleted from Twitter but is still live on his Instagram, reads, accompanies a performance of his song "Cuts Like a Knife," and reads:

Tonight was supposed to be the beginning of a tenancy of gigs at the @royalalberthall, but thanks to some fucking bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold, not to mention the thousands that have suffered or died from this virus. My message to them other than “thanks a fucking lot” is go vegan. 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.

He's since responded to the backlash with a new video, and a performance of "Into the Fire." "Apologies to any and all that took offence to my posting yesterday," he writes. "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. I have love for all people and my thoughts are with everyone dealing with this pandemic around the world."