The music of Canadian rocker Bryan Adams was part of the soundtrack of my 1980s youth. His early single “Cuts Like a Knife” was a hit on MTV during my freshman year of high school. I still enjoy listening to his music from time-to-time.
Bryan Adams, like many of us, is frustrated at the coronavirus epidemic. COVID-19, which originated in China, has now killed 292,000 people around the world, including 83,000 in the United States.
COVID-19 has also disrupted any business model that depends on person-to-person contact, or mass gatherings. And there is no mass gathering like a rock concert.
Adams recently vented his frustration in an Instagram post. Posting a photo of himself performing onstage, he noted that he wouldn’t be performing in real life anytime soon, because of “bat eating, wet market animal selling, virus making greedy b***ards, 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 f***ing lot’ is go vegan.”
And of course, this caused the lemmings on Instagram and Twitter to have meltdowns. Adams was immediately accused of racism, xenophobia, cultural bias, blah, blah, blah.
So he caved, and issued an apology that he probably didn’t mean, and which likely didn’t mollify many of his critics.
I’ll grant you: Bryan Adams’s original Instagram post was no one’s idea of sophisticated geopolitical analysis. But the guy is a rock star from the 1980s. Bryan Adams isn’t the Prime Minister of Canada or the President of the United States.
And Adams had a point: We still don’t know for certain if the COVID-19 pandemic originated in a Wuhan wet market or a Wuhan bioweapons lab. But it originated in Wuhan, China. Then the Chinese government covered up the situation while the world lost valuable time to prepare.
Moreover, this isn’t the first such pandemic to originate in China since the beginning of this century. Both SARS and the avian flu also originated in China.
Why aren’t exotic global pandemics arising in Norway or Ireland? Maybe there is something about the way animal husbandry and public sanitation in China are managed, that could use a bit of critique and improvement.
And while we’re at it…what about China’s practice of gendercide? China has long been one of the most sexist societies on earth. And I’m not talking “sexist” as in suggesting that women shouldn’t be Navy SEALs. I’m talking sexist as in—aborting millions of females in the womb, and even engaging in female infanticide.
At present, millions of women are missing from China, not because they’ve gone abroad, but because their parents have killed them. However one feels about legal abortion in general, I think we can agree that the systematic elimination of females is simply barbaric.
Oh…and then there’s the fact that for 71 years, China has maintained a one-party communist state, which has led to gulags, government-induced famine, and daily oppression for millions of people. Mao Zedong, the sociopath whose portrait hangs in Tiananmen Square (and appears on most Chinese currency) killed more people than Adolph Hitler. Look it up.
But in the identity politics-obsessed 21st century, the mindless masses on Twitter and Instagram see a white guy criticizing the way things are done in a non-white country, and shriek “racism! xenophobia!” That’s how uninformed and brainwashed the average person is nowadays.
Bryan Adams should not have apologized. We do need to take a more critical view of China, and how the Chinese choose to manage their affairs and treat each other. As the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, a problem that begins in China can have catastrophic consequences for the rest of the world.