Brian May and other celebs accused of homophobia and transphobia
Queen's Brian May claims his words were twisted on trans comments following BRITs removal of gendered awards
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As if the world weren't difficult enough for the LGBTQ community, plenty of celebrities have used their positions as role models to make homophobic and/or transphobic comments. While some of these remarks appear born out of carelessness, others seemed to have plenty of intent behind them. And whereas some have apologized, others have certainly not.
Queen guitarist Brian May came under fire after speaking to UK’s The Mirror about the BRIT Awards' decision to remove gendered awards for its 2022 ceremonies. From their conversation at ITV’s Palooza event, May was quoted as saying the decision was emblematic of a “frightening” trend, and that he believes Queen would not have been considered diverse enough nowadays to have won their four BRIT Awards. “We would be forced to have people of different colours and different sexes and we would have to have a trans [person]. You know life doesn’t have to be like that. We can be separate and different.” He added, “It’s a decision that has been made without enough thought. A lot of things work quite well and can be left alone.”
Following the backlash, May took to Instagram on November 28 and wrote, "I was ambushed and completely stitched up by a journalist at the recent ITV event. And it’s led to a whole mess of press stories making it look like I’m unfriendly to trans people. Nothing could be further from the truth. My words were subtly twisted. I should have known better than to talk to those predatory Press hacks." He apologized to anyone who was hurt by the stories and said his heart was open to all humans. "We all deserve respect and an equal place in this world."
So, which other stars have faced such swift and immense backlash? Click on to find out.
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