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Bryan Adams in hot water for racist rant

"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".

Once-household-name Canadian singer Bryan Adams issued a controversial tweet at 8:45 a.m. this morning that remained live for almost twelve hours before being deleted this evening. A song by me.

In text accompanying the video, he lamented that he was supposed to begin a concert residency at the Royal Albert Hall in London, "but thanks to some (expletive) bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy bastards, the whole world is now on hold". The World Health Organization has linked a wet market in Wuhan, China, to the outbreak but hasn't confirmed that the outbreak started there. I'll be performing a snippet from each album we were supposed to perform for the next few days. Countless people called him out for his nastiness, self-centeredness, or even blatant xenophobia, although some tweeters defended him as well.

"We don't know that it came from a wet market".

"I think it's unfortunate that we have someone like him, in his position, would have such hateful, thoughtless, I hope it's thoughtless, views about Chinese-Canadians and Chinese", she said.

"It justifies this racist hatred against Chinese...."

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The president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice told CBC News: "People look up to public figures".

But many social media users took to Twitter to slam Adams for his remarks, with one writing: "Bryan Adams' racist xenophobic tirade has been up for 10 hours now".

@pixelatedboat added: "I've forgotten which one is Bryan Adams and which one is Ryan Adams and I'm not going to learn it again".

After the backlash, the optional comment section was removed from Bryan's post.

CTVNews.ca has reached out to Bryan Adams' management team for comment, but did not hear back by the time of publication.

Over 1,800 people have responded to Adams' initial comments, with some saying they've reported him for abuse and racial stereotyping.

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